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 great way to help with understanding numbers; recognition and value. Use whatever you have and it doesn't need to be in a tuff spot!
Matching Amounts to Numbers
Great for early counting, number recognition and matching amounts to numbers.
Number Bonds to 10
Lots of ways to practice number bonds, using gems, numbers, numicon - use what you have. Once the children have made the bond, ask them to write the number sentences. Simple, easy set up which can be extended to add challenge.
Lovely idea for outdoors or bringing the learning indoors. Pattern making, using what's around you; dandelions, daisies, stones, leaves, petals, be creative. Great maths opportunity!
This has been such an effective, activity. I have used it many times and it does what it 'says on the tin.' Easy set up, keep it and use it over and over. Develop mathematical vocabulary at every opportunity. 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!
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.
Matching Numbers to Amounts
Not going to apologise for yet another domino activity because my children love them. Counting, number recognition, subitising and could even be extended for adding or subtraction. Lots and lots of fun!
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.
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 🐣🐣🐣
Pick a card!
I was asked for a multiplication activity, so here it is. Pick a card, multiply it and then find and cover the answer. Work through all of the times table. This activity could also be modified for addition or subtraction.
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!
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.
Amounts with Dominoes
Dominoes are wonderful for lots of number activities, here I've used them to explore number bonds.
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!
Hula Hoop Clock
Take the learning outdoors and teach the time.
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!
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!
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!
Maths Scavenger Hunt
A fun activity which incldes lots of number work. Free resource available to download and print. Click the link below.
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.