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There are 14 NRICH Mathematical resources connected to Early years comparing numbers, you may find related items under Early years foundation stage.Broad Topics > Early years foundation stage > Early years comparing numbers
In this article for practitioners, Cath Gripton and Deliah Pawluch explore the 'counting collections' approach, which encourages children to spend time playing and experimenting with counting.
Here are some examples of children's thinking prompted by drawings of numbered sunflowers on an outside wall.
Children use everyday language to talk about size, to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems
Children use everyday language to talk about time, to compare quantities and to solve problems
This task encourages children to count and compare numbers when using 'voting bricks' to vote for a book at story time.
In this activity, the book 'The Doorbell Rang' by Pat Hutchins provides an engaging context in which children can explore sharing.
This activity involves filling a jar with small objects to encourage estimation and counting skills.
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.
By following some simple recipes in this task, children can practise the skills of measuring and counting ingredients.
This dice activity encourages children to relate the number on the dice to the number of teddies they need to choose.
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.
This activity involves sorting toys into categories by using comparing and classifying skills.
This story provides an engaging context for children to share out the treasure fairly among the characters.
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.