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.
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.
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.
In this task, children are encouraged to spot pairs of socks and to order the socks by size and length on the washing line.
In this task, the book 'Maisy Goes Camping' by Lucy Cousins introduces children to the idea of using the size and number of objects to work out how many will fit in a 'tent'.
In this activity, the book 'The Doorbell Rang' by Pat Hutchins provides an engaging context in which children can explore sharing.
In this activity, children have the opportunity to wrap some toys and to measure and discuss the size of the box or wrapping paper that they will need.
This article explores the importance of pattern awareness with young children.
In this article, Janine Davenall reflects on children's personalised mathematical recordings as part of a small research project based in her Reception class.
In this article for Early Years practitioners, Dr Sue Gifford outlines ways to develop children's problem-solving strategies and confidence in problem solving.
This short article critiques the 'What to Expect, When' guidance, written for parents who want to find out more about their child's learning and development in the first five years.
Ruth Trundley outlines her doctoral research and concludes that development of an understanding of cardinality is a crucial element of counting that can be overlooked.
This article describes how one nursery setting focused on tidying up time as a context in which to explicitly target the development of number and calculation skills.
In this article, Dr Sue Gifford outlines how we can create positive attitudes and higher achievement in mathematics, starting in the Early Years.
This article describes how the NRICH Early Years resources aim to further develop young children's natural problem-solving abilities in the context of mathematics.
This article, written by Dr. Sue Gifford, evaluates the Early Learning Numbers Goal in England, in the light of research.
In this task, children will learn different ways of representing the same number.
In this activity, children can practise reading numbers and counting items in order to help Owl pack for his holiday.
This task provides a real-life context for children to compare capacities in order to choose the biggest container for their lemonade.
Creating a 'Book of Four' provides an opportunity for children to collect groups of four objects and consider how the groups of objects are similar.
In this activity, children will use the language of weight when comparing objects on a balance scale.
By following some simple recipes in this task, children can practise the skills of measuring and counting ingredients.
When playing in this mud kitchen, children will be using the language of size and capacity to choose utensils for different tasks.
In this task, children put their hands into a bag and describe what shape they think they can feel and why.
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.
By making 'caterpillars' in this activity, children will have an opportunity to practise using language of length and width, as well as using non-standard measures to compare lengths.
In this task, children will explore 3D shapes when selecting which shapes to use in their tower.
By making 'paths' out of different materials and discussing these, children will develop their shape and space language in this activity.
This task provides children with an opportunity to count 'golden beans' and find a number card to represent how many they have.
This dice activity encourages children to relate the number on the dice to the number of teddies they need to choose.
This activity involves sorting toys into categories by using comparing and classifying skills.
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.
In this activity, children will develop an awareness of the faces of 3D shapes by using them to make 'footprints' in soft dough.
In this game, children roll the dice and count how many steps to move the spider up or down the drainpipe.
This story provides an engaging context for children to share out the treasure fairly among the characters.
In this task, children will make shapes out of loops of string and discuss what they notice about their shapes.
Comparing the wrapped presents in this activity will give children the chance to explore and discuss weight, including the idea that large objects aren't necessarily the heaviest.
In this activity, the rhyme 'Ten Green Bottles' is used to encourage children to count backwards to work out how many bottles are left.
In this task, children will practise using a variety of timers to work out how many items they can put into a jar before the time finishes.
In this task, making a variety of long creatures out of card will provide an opportunity for children to discuss and compare lengths.
In the pirate pound shop, children can practise their counting skills by choosing ten items to spend their ten pounds on.
When tidying away toys in this activity, children will use their counting skills to check that all the toys are in the box.
This activity encourages children to practise their sharing and counting skills by putting small objects into some baskets.
When investigating these tubes, children will have the opportunity to practise using everyday language to talk about length, size and position.
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.
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In this game, children will use their addition and subtraction skills to keep track of the number of toys hidden inside a box when toys are added in or taken out.
This story about some troublesome dogs encourages children to find and model doubles of different numbers.
This task provides children with the opportunity to investigate halving different shapes and check that they have made two halves.
In this activity, there are lots of different patterns for children to make, describe and extend.
This activity involves filling a jar with small objects to encourage estimation and counting skills.
Using the spring scale in this activity provides an engaging context in which children can explore and discuss the weight of different objects.