My daughter is 4 1/2 or so. She knows how to count to at least 10, possibly higher, and will do so unprompted.
However, we've recently tried to start playing some board and card games with her. In these situations, she starts having problems with her numbers. Even it's something simple, like counting the number of dots on the dice, or counting spaces to move on a board, she clams up. She starts throwing out numbers without even looking at what she's supposed be counting. I can't tell if she's guessing, nervous, or something else - but it's very frustrating to try and play these games with her as a result.
Ideally, I'd love to be able to solve the problem and get her counting in these situations, but I'd at least like to understand why she starts acting this way.