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.
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!
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.
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.
Counting, Number Recognition & Addition
Number recognition, counting out amounts, creating number sentences and then practise writing the numbers.
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!
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.
Fine Motor & Number Practise
Lots of mileage in this activity, incorporating lots of skills. Fine motor, coordination, number recognition, problem solving and reasoning to name but a few. An easy activity to add some challenge into; ordering numbers, number sentences etc discussing more/less. Always be guided by your little one, when they're ready, they're ready!
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?
We really enjoyed this activity and the best thing about it was that the children set up challenges for each other, 'see if you can make this.' Lots of opportunities to talk about number, patterns and even healthy eating, table manners and how to use a knife and fork.
Nothing like a bit of practical maths; children doing, practising and exploring. Always the best way to embed learning. Simple set up, great to be outdoors and very easy to teach. Keep it simple, have fun!
The Magic of Number....
Taking each number one at time and really focusing on it helps to embed learning. Really important to show where it comes in a number line and what the number is worth. So start at one and progress up. Use anything you have to make amounts; sticks, pasta, biscuits, cars, playdough balls etc. Then can they trace over the number with their finger? Can they use their magic pen (finger) and write the number in the air? Progress to writing if they are ready. Make it fun!
Odd One Out
With this activity you can use absolutely anything and you can make it as challenging as you wish. Great activity for developing oracy, problem solving and reasoning. Make it fun, encourage your little one to try and catch you out by making their own odd one out? Enjoy!
I find children really enjoy working with shapes and there are so many ways to teach and learn about them. We enjoyed this activity, with my little one wanting to do it again and again. I used shyseal which enabled me to peal off the shapes and keep on repeating the activity. You could also use blutac to attach to the window. Once your little one has secured the names of the shapes, move onto their properties - corners, sides and even symmetry. Everything dependent on where your child is with their learning. Have fun!
Such a simple, easy idea that anyone can do at home. Possiblities of shape and objects are endless. Great for developing vocabulary. maths skills and for thinking about spacial awareness.
Let's count in 2s, 5s, and 10s.
A creative way to practise counting in 2s, 5s and 10s. Prcatise really does make better!
An idea to help to support the learning of times tables. Practise really does make better!
Nice activity to develop language, fine motor and mathematical skills. Ask your little one how they think the buttons should be sorted and then start sorting. Encourage new words and the many different ways to sort. Challenge by adding some counting; which group has the most/least buttons, how many more in one group thsn another etc.
Maths Scavenger Hunt
A fun activity which incldes lots of number work. Free resource available to download and print. Click the link below.
A great way to explore scales and weight. Toilet roll, piece of card and two pots. I wouldn't want to bake a cake with them, but they do clearly show which side weighs more, less and when both sides are equal. A chance to estimate, problem solve and to grow vocabulary. Enjoy!