Children love this time of year and pumpkins offer lots of opportunities for learning. Today I've used them for maths. Ordering, weighing, measuring, counting, estimating and comparing. All about the questioning, discussion and vocabulary. Enjoy the season!
So much maths in creepy crawlies and being Halloween there are lots of them about. To add more challenge you could ask how many more legs has a spider than an ant? In total, many legs altogether? Add the spider and the ant legs together, write the number sentence?
A simple, fun activity which incorporates a little look at numbers. Talk about the numbers, practise writing them, draw the facial features that match the amount. And of course, add lots of colour!
Matching Numbers to Amounts
Counting is one skill but being able to match the correct number to an amount is a very different skill. Using paper cups, this is an easy activity to set up at home or in the classroom.
A lovely activity which is lots of fun and great for buddying up children to buddy to work together. Developing number recognition, counting and early addition. Never met a child who didn't like posting something!
Counting, Number Recognition & Addition
Number recognition, counting out amounts, creating number sentences and then practise writing the numbers.
Coat Hanger Number Line & Addition
Being able to count numbers in order is important, but more important is being able to recognise numbers and knowing what they are worth. Mixing numbers up for children to order and using objects to know a numbers worth set a solid foundation. From this step children are able to tackle addition.
Hula Hoop Clock
Take the learning outdoors and teach the time.
Beautiful weather at the moment, so why not take the learning outdoors. Use the opportunity practice number bonds, using the autumn treasure that is in abundance at the moment. Conkers, acorns, beautiful leaves, two old pots and a bit of chalk. How many ways can your little one make 10? Depending on age, practise writing the number sentences and extend to 20 if they need a challenge. Enjoy the sunshine!
Maths Scavenger Hunt
A fun activity which incldes lots of number work. Free resource available to download and print. Click the link below.
Bottle Top Number Work
Following on from my previous post using bottle tops, here's a few more ideas. These are more challenging than the last post and are meant for children who have a good grasp of basic numbers. However, I never put a lid on learning and children do like to be challenged. Start with 10s, then 5s; can the child see a pattern with the number sequence? Have fun with numbers!
Where Am I?
Indoors or outdoors there is always an opportunity to practise positional language and develop vocabulary. Make it fun and make it fast - how quick can they move the toy to find the correct position? Could be a sibling challenge!
Problem Solving & Reasoning
I'm a great fan of using what you have and every day objects make the learning relevant. I've used 3D objects here but you can easily do this activity to discuss 2D objects. Never be afraid to teach and use the correct vocabulary - 'big' words. As I've never met a child who can't say Tyrannosaurus Rex!
Number Bond Eggs
Continuing the Easter theme, why not use these plastic eggs to practise number bonds. Use different colours for the tops and bottoms so that the children really think about the numbers and don't just colour match 🐣🐣🐣
Keeping it seasonal, a wonderful way to practice pattern making. Starting with some simple repeating patterns, extend to something trickier as your little ones master the concept.
Amounts with Dominoes
Dominoes are wonderful for lots of number activities, here I've used them to explore number bonds.
Hearts & Numbers
Dominoes yesterday, cards today; everyday items which can used for number work in a fun way. Here I'm using the cards for number recognition, counting, matching amounts to numbers and developing fine motor skills. My children always love drawing hearts and so this really focused them; drawing, counting, lots of fun!
Counting in 2s, 5s and 10s.
Learning to count in 2s, 5s and 10s may seem without purpose, which is why children really need to understand what the numbers represent. Securing and understanding number will ensure a strong foundation for the next step which is times tables.
Number & Counting Practice
Number recognition, counting and matching amounts to numbers are the foundation skills early maths. Anything can be used to practise these skills; stones, buttons, shower rings, Lego, pasta - you really can use anything!
Matching Amounts to Numbers
Understanding the value of a number is so important and as my children love a paper clip, this activity works for them. So easy to set up and very engaging; add the correct number of paperclips for each number. Great fine motor practise as well.
Interesting way to make patterns and one which really focused the children. For extra challenge we added the small cups, which really tested their fine motor skills and dexterity. Could obviously do this without them though.
Christmas Advent Maths
I know it's early but it's something to get ready for the first. I saw this recently, not sure where, but I loved it ❤️ I made this one and you could prepare it ready or include your little one with the making. Lots of maths in a calendar; number recognition, counting, identifying odd and even numbers, greater than/less than and how many more days until Christmas Eve? But most of all, take some time and enjoy the magic 🎅
There is learning in every part of everyday life, especially when preparing food. Talk through processes using the correct vocabulary. For example, 'let's cut the sandwich in half, we need to make sure both sides are the same, so they are equal.'
Being able to count numbers is one challenge, but the biggest challenge is understanding the value of numbers. This activity allows children to see the value of a number and match it accordingly.
Today's activity is a about developing children's vocabulary and being able to recognise differences in their surroundings. Using the correct words to describe the size of objects can be a challenge for small children, so try to develop and use it whenever you can.