Math - Number & Shape, Space & Measures
Children have many opportunities to enjoy maths through play.
Here are just some of the opportunities which we provide:
- Sand and water - Using terminology such as light, heavy, empty, full and asking the children how much sand a container will hold. Encouraging children to make shapes and patterns, providing boxes and comparing the weight and quantities in each.
- Use of language - We encourage the use of mathematical terminology around our setting to describe different objects; long, short, big, small etc. Involving parents in this can also help as they can look at their home environment to develop their language.
- Play dough - The use of play dough can again, develop mathematical language; short, fat, thin etc. Asking children to make shapes that are 3D, not just flat objects.
- Role Play - Simple activities such as having the children act out a tea party and laying the table can help develop counting skills