We make all of these part of our life at Mucky Pups by looking for situations in play and our daily routines to help children learn and understand. Just like while you are at home. Numbers surround us everywhere in the environment. Try a number hunt inside and out, Look at door numbers, bus numbers, postbox numbers, price labels, advertising posters or road signs, packets and tins, mobile phones, letters.
We can count, stairs, steps, jumps, blocks, cups, plates while we are laying the table, emptying the dishwasher, tidying away the toys, or putting books back on the shelf. You can count food on your plate, cars going by your house, birds in the sky, petals on flowers, dandelions on the lawn balls you catch the list is endless.
Songs and rhymes
These can also really help with Maths understanding, Some of our favourites are Ten fat sausages, I.126.96.36.199 Once I caught a fish alive, !0 little ducks, Hickory Dickory dock,
There are also on the Youtube channel;
Super simple Songs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D4K9oi7oBM&vl=en
Board games are fantastic on a rainy day to pass the time and help with Maths. Snakes and ladders, frustration and card games such as snap.Outdoors playing hopscotch and counting goals and throws , catches and jumps and hops are great.
There are lots more games and activities to try here; https://nrich.maths.org/13372
Shape, Space and Measures -are also part of the curriculum and they include teaching the children to understand size, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and compare quantities and objects.
Shapes hunt, potato prints, car races to measure how far they go, measuring bodies and different parts of the body. Who is the tallest, shortest, has the longest legs, shortest arms, biggest head? filling and emptying containers and jugs, cooking and baking, ordering and sizing shapes, blocks, toys, plates too. Make shapes with masking tape, lolly sticks, straws and even sticks and stones form the garden or park.
Shape songs; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTeqUejf3D0
Just follow these links below to try these ideas;
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Don't forget that it is the understanding that is important and NOT if your child can write and draw the number, shapes and measures.