This activity is one of a set of
trial Early Years Foundation Stage resources. For further
information and links to others in the set, please see the introductory
Gather together a variety of flat shapes.
Suggest to the children that we make a special path, linked to
your chosen context.
Nursery rhyme or traditional tale
Small world play, topic related, child
Use everyday words to describe position
What did you put next to the square?
What could you put after the red triangle?
Can you make your path go under the table?
Count reliably up to ten everyday objects
Use language such as more or less to compare two
Who used more shapes, you or Jo?
Can you get more lorries on your road than Jo?
See what path you can make.
Tell me about this.
Shall we look at what everyone has made?
I like this path you've made.
I wonder what/who could be going along your path?
Use language such as 'circle', 'bigger' ... to describe
the shape and size of solids and flat shapes
Would you like to change your path?
Could we join some of/all the paths together?
Could we make a path for teddy/doll just using the big circles
(select one, two or three types)?
Talk about, recognise and recreate simple
How did you know what to put next?
I think I can see a pattern in your path! Am I right?
Can you tell me anything else about your path?
In addition to these mathematical observations you will have
opportunities to observe other aspects of the EYFS Themes and
You may like to print off one of these sheets as an aide (1, 2, 3), on which
you can note down what individual children say and do as they
engage with the activity. Please do send us photos, further
suggestions and comments.