Young children have a remarkable skill: they can recognise numbers of things without counting. This is called subitising, and it develops from a very early age. Young children have powerful visual memories and some may find it easier to remember images than words. Subitising can help children to build images for numbers, to visualise and to learn number facts. Structured images like this also help children to begin to see numbers inside numbers, for instance seeing four and one within five.
Watch the subitising song to learn more.