Well, you did ask for tricks!

When I teach 2, I show a large numeral 2 (I use this one from this website:

http://www.makinglearningfun.com/the...wayNumbers.htm).

I start at the top, I say 'go around and down and over" and as you say "over" you write that last line really fast. The kids laugh, and we know that when kids laugh, they remember.

For 5, I say "5, belly, hat" as I write it for the kids, because I teach that number using the Heidi songs numbers CD ($15 from

https://www.heidisongs.com/collections/numbers). The song is really catchy and saying '5, belly, hat" as you write the number 5 helps it stick.

Hope that helps.