Maths Ideas – week beginning 30.03.20

Don’t forget you can email in pictures of what you have been doing to Mrs Smith – check your parentmail from your Reception teachers for the address.

LEGO Patterns

The early years maths activity: – DIY Lego Pattern Cards by A Crafty Living

LEGO. Useful – in so many different ways. Prepare some cards with colourful blocks on them and let kids discover colour patterns and reproduce them with LEGO blocks. Consider leaving the colouring part to your little learners to include some EAD in the mix too.

Key Questions:

Use 2 different colour blocks – can you create a pattern?

Which colour block do you need next?

Can you recreate your pattern so you have 10 blocks altogether?

Can you copy my pattern?

Can you create your own pattern? Can you draw it onto the paper?

What you need –

  • Paper Cards
  • Coloured Pencils
  • LEGO Blocks

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Maths Ideas – week beginning 30.03.20

Number Hunt in Jelly

The early years maths activity: – Learning Numbers with Jelly by Make Do and Friend

First, hide some numbers in jelly, either as you are making it or once its set.

When it’s all set, give out some tongs or tweezers to children and show them how to pick up the numbers from the wiggly substance (and practice their fine motor skills along the way!).

This sensory play is a great way of sneaking in number recognition to something fun and engaging for the children.

Key Questions:

Which number is it?

Can you find another number and add them together?

Can you count this number on your fingers?

Can you count this number of toys?

What you need –

  • Jelly
  • Bowls
  • Numbers
  • Tongs or tweezers (or just use your fingers!)

Straws and Pom Poms

The early years maths activity: – Straw and Pom Poms Counting Game by Nurture Store

Label small containers with some numbers that you’d like to practice and prepare some straws and pom poms. To play this early years maths activity, the kids simply put the straw on a pom-pom, suck in to try and pick it up and drop over the containers until they’ve got the right number in each one.

What you need –

  • Pom Poms
  • Straws
  • Shallow Containers
  • Labelled Stickers (or any paper, glue and marker)
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