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There are 12 NRICH Mathematical resources connected to EY Shape, you may find related items under Early Years Foundation Stage.

Broad Topics > Early Years Foundation Stage > EY Shape

EYFS Thinking About: Paths and Maps

Age 3 to 7

Here are some examples of children's thinking following on from their exploration of the NRICH Paths activity.

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

The Importance of Shape and Space in the Early Years

Age 3 to 7

In this article for EY practitioners, Dr Sue Gifford discusses children's early spatial thinking and how this predicts their mathematical understanding and achievement.

Wrapping Parcels

Age 3 to 5

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.

Water, Water ...

Age 3 to 5

This task provides a real-life context for children to compare capacities in order to choose the biggest container for their lemonade.

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.


Age 3 to 5

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.

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.

Making Caterpillars

Age 3 to 5

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.

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.


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.


Age 3 to 5

When tidying away toys in this activity, children will use their counting skills to check that all the toys are in the box.