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Ideas for Early Years and Key Stage One Children
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.
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.
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.
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!
Roll a Snowman
A simple, fun activity which incorporates some number work. Count the dots on the dice, what's the number, what do they need to do next? Practise writing the numbers and enjoy building your snowman. Adding more challenge you could ask your little ones to add a scarf and hat( 6+1=) together etc, then write the number sentences. You could also add a competative element amongst siblings, who can build their snowman the quickest?
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Understanding the Value of Numbers
Children generally find it easy to count in order and are happy to tell you how they can count to 5, 10, 20 etc. However, knowing what these numbers are worth, is a very different skill. I've used lots of everyday items to practise this and whether you make a chart like mine, or simply write the number and ask the child to match the amount, this sets a foundation on which to build other number skills.
Greater than/Less than Crocodile
This crocodile activity can be used to help understand whether a number is bigger or smaller than another. Working at home you could use a number square to help show children which of two numbers is bigger. If you are comparing 26 and 56. You could get a child to point out both numbers and then ask them which is closer to the 100. Since 56 is further down, this is the bigger number. Then show how to write it a number sentence.
Make a Clock
A great activity for a rainy, snowy cold afternoon. Paper plate, felt tip, bit of card and a split pin. Not only great for learning the time, you have an opportunity to look at ordering numbers, number formation and number recognition.
Children love cards and if left alone will find all sorts of ways to use them. This activity can be as simple and as challenging as you like, depending where your little one is with their learning. With younger children, how many ways can you make 5, building on to larger numbers. Use the cards to make your own number line, compare numbers and discuss more and less. Make it fun!
Outdoor Butterfly Symmetry
Children learn best and secure knowledge when they keep revisiting a topic. Revisit topics in different ways and always make it 'hands on.' Today's activity requires a piece of chalk, some natural objects and some outside space. Remember to use the word symmetrical, making sure you explain how both sides need to mirror each other. Enjoy!
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!
Hula Hoop Clock
Take the learning outdoors and teach the time.
How Far Can You Jump?
Beautiful day to be outside, so why not set a family challenge. You could chalk your measures out on the drive or use bamboo sticks in the garden. Adding the learning in talk about the distance jumped, who's jumped the furthest, shortest? How much further /shorter did you jump compared to the last person? Enjoy you day!
Weighing is always a fun activity for children that children enjoy. Make you own or use what you have. Vocabulary is key, so always push to develop the correct use of words; heavy, heavier, heaviest etc. Weigh things that you can find in the garden, everyday objects, and ask the child to predict which will weigh the most and least. Enjoy your day!
What's the Question?
A great activity for practising number problems. Rather than use lots of cups, simply cut out discs that can placed into the base of the cups and changed when you want to adapt the activity.
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.
Painting Symmetrical Butterflies
The summer is a wonderful time for spotting butterflies. So if you're out and about be sure to point them out. You can talk about how they start as caterpillars and change into beautiful butterflies. Read the Hungry Caterpillar story, talk about what they really eat and also talk about how the wings are always symmetrical. You can also paint a symmetrical butterfly of you own.
Number Recognition & Matching Amounts
Matching numbers to amounts and number recognition is the basis to all early maths. Lots of different ways to do this. Chalk numbers and ask your little one to find things in the garden to match that amount - number 5, 5 leaves. I've used numbers up to 10, extend to challenge the learning.
Guess My Shape!
Nice activity with minimal set up; paper, scissors and an envelope. Try to emphasise that these are 2D shapes (flat shapes) and compare with 3D shapes (fat shapes). Use a ball (sphere), tin of beans (cylinder), dice (cube) if you have them, to demonstrate 3D shapes and how they are different to 2D shapes. Extend the activity further; what shape are the windows etc? Make it fun!
One for all the family to get involved with today. Before looking for the squares dicuss what a square is and it's properties ; corners, sides, symmetry. Ask if the can think of other 2D shapes, why isn't a square a 3D shape? You can chalk the puzzle outside, draw it on paper or make it with sticks. Have fun with it!
Indoors or outdoors the opportunity for creating repeating a pattern is everywhere. And they really can be made with anything. Make them simple to begin with, talk about what makes a repeating pattern, then build to make them more complex as your child's understanding grows.
Whether you use hoops or chalk outside, how many ways can your little one make 10 or 20? Use objects such as blocks, stones, marbles to aid counting and encourage the child to write the number sentence to match the bond.
Lots of ways to investigate numbers and here's another way. Some balls from the Pound shop which I've simply write numbers onto. This activity can be used for various aged children as you can adapt it depending on where your child is with their learning. Just use numbers which can challenge them. Whether that is learning numbers up to 10, 20, 100 or beyond.
Making 2D Shapes
Geo boards are not only good for learning about 2D shapes, they are brilliant for developing fine motor skills. Children enjoy stretching the bands, which strengthen their little hands, as well as growing their confidence with shape making. Use the correct vocabulary, discuss the words equal, straight and curved. Can they think of everyday objects with curved and straight sides?
Great to be outside and great be able to carry on the learning. Discuss what symmetry is and then have a go. If you're using shape to demonstrate, don't miss the opportunity to discuss their names and properties. Use a mirror to prove the symmetry if you can, otherwise refer to one side being a mirror image of the other.
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!
Outdoor 2D Shape
Embrace the day, take the learning outside and enjoy the day. Today's activity is 2D shapes, which can easily be extended into repeated patterns, symmetry and once home comparing 2D shapes with 3D shapes. Always ask you little one to name the shapes, challenge whether 2D or 3D and how do they know? Have a lovely day! #outdoorfun
Number Recognition, Ordering, Addition
Using cards creates all sorts of possibilities for number work. Make your own number lines, addition and subtraction number sentences, matching amounts to numbers, making numbers. You can also begin greater than and less than. Make it fun!
Like with all maths, experiencing the concept is always best for learning. For fractions use objects and share them. Pizza is always popular for practising fractions.
Discuss fractions with your child whenever you come across a “real life” example. Cutting a piece of toast, making a sandwich; ask the questions, how shall I cut it, how many parts, are they equal? To add challenge point out that one half is 'one piece out of two ' and is written like this: 1/2. The numerator is the number at the top, the denominator is the number of the bottom. Top tip: d is for denominator, d is for down – at the bottom. Never underestimate a child, always use the correct vocabulary.
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!
Going to be a beautiful day today, so why not take the learning outside. Easy set up, 2 beanbags and some chalk ; alternatively you could use a couple of stones. Practice number formation, how to write a number sentence and of course addition and subtraction. Make it fun!
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