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There are 17 NRICH Mathematical resources connected to Early years size, you may find related items under Early years foundation stage.Broad Topics > Early years foundation stage > Early years size
Here are some examples of children's thinking following on from their exploration of the NRICH Paths activity.
In this article for EY practitioners, Dr Sue Gifford discusses children's early spatial thinking and how this predicts their mathematical understanding and achievement.
Barrier games build on children's natural desire to combine block play with small world items.
In this task, children are encouraged to spot pairs of socks and to order the socks by size and length on the washing line.
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.
Using the spring scale in this activity provides an engaging context in which children can explore and discuss the weight of different objects.
This activity involves filling a jar with small objects to encourage estimation and counting skills.
This task provides children with the opportunity to investigate halving different shapes and check that they have made two halves.
This task provides a real-life context for children to compare capacities in order to choose the biggest container for their lemonade.
When playing in this mud kitchen, children will be using the language of size and capacity to choose utensils for different tasks.
When investigating these tubes, children will have the opportunity to practise using everyday language to talk about length, size and position.
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.
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.
This activity involves sorting toys into categories by using comparing and classifying skills.
This activity encourages children to practise their sharing and counting skills by putting small objects into some baskets.
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.
As children move around an obstacle course, adults can model positional language, encourage children to describe their movement themselves and create their own course.