Resources tagged with: Early years reasoning

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There are 14 NRICH Mathematical resources connected to Early years reasoning, you may find related items under Early years foundation stage.

Broad Topics > Early years foundation stage > Early years reasoning

Seesaw Shenanigans

Age 3 to 7
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A group of animals has made a seesaw in the woods. How can you make the seesaw balance?

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

How Long Are You?

Age 3 to 5

Children use everyday language to talk about size, to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems

Beat the Clock

Age 3 to 5

Children use everyday language to talk about time, to compare quantities and to 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.

Barrier Games

Age 3 to 5

Barrier games build on children's natural desire to combine block play with small world items.

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.

Children's Thinking

Age 3 to 5

Dr Sue Gifford outlines different ways in which you might capture young children's mathematical thinking and how to send samples to NRICH.

The Spring Scale

Age 3 to 5

Using the spring scale in this activity provides an engaging context in which children can explore and discuss the weight of different objects.

Double Trouble

Age 3 to 5

This story about some troublesome dogs encourages children to find and model doubles of different numbers.

The Box Game

Age 3 to 5

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.

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.


Age 3 to 5

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

Maths Story Time

Age 3 to 5

This story provides an engaging context for children to share out the treasure fairly among the characters.