Early Years Activities - Shape and Space

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Can You Build This?

Age 3 to 5

Children explore characteristics of shapes and use both everyday and mathematical language to describe them, talk about positions and solve problems

Packing

Age 3 to 5

This activity involves sorting toys into categories by using comparing and classifying skills.

Collecting

Age 3 to 5

In this task, children make a collection out of some items and then discuss what they notice about their collection, focusing on the shapes and patterns that they can make.

Small World Play

Age 3 to 5

This activity provides an engaging context for children to consider the space they will allocate for some 'small world' toys, and how many toys they will be able to fit into the space.

Scooters, Bikes and Trikes

Age 3 to 5

When waiting for a ride on outdoor toys, children can consider which route they might take around the outside area and how long they will spend on their toy.

Building Towers

Age 3 to 5

In this task, children will explore 3D shapes when selecting which shapes to use in their tower.

I Have a Box

Age 3 to 5

In this activity, having access to a mystery box will spark children's imagination and encourage them to describe what they notice about the box.

Shapes in the Bag

Age 3 to 5

In this task, children put their hands into a bag and describe what shape they think they can feel and why.

Position with Wellies

Age 3 to 5

This task uses the familiar situation of a shelf of objects to encourage children to use positional language and follow directions to find their wellies.

Tubes and Tunnels

Age 3 to 5

When investigating these tubes, children will have the opportunity to practise using everyday language to talk about length, size and position.

Paths

Age 3 to 5

By making 'paths' out of different materials and discussing these, children will develop their shape and space language in this activity.

Exploring 2D Shapes

Age 3 to 5

In this task, children will make shapes out of loops of string and discuss what they notice about their shapes.

Making Footprints

Age 3 to 5

In this activity, children will develop an awareness of the faces of 3D shapes by using them to make 'footprints' in soft dough.

Making a Picture

Age 3 to 5

This task provides an opportunity for children to work together to make a picture, discussing with each other which position they want to put each shape in.

Pattern Making

Age 3 to 5

In this activity, there are lots of different patterns for children to make, describe and extend.