Saturday gone was World Maths Day (No! I didn’t know either!)…
It’s prompted me (now I know!) to reflect on what mathematical activities we have been up to here at Aston Childcare recently.
Well, we have been doing lots of number recognition…One of my mindees (aged 2 years 5 months) and my own son (2 years 4 months) are just starting to enjoy looking at and naming numbers. I try and take every opportunity to count and point out numbers. Their current favourite is shouting out the numbers we see on our duplo number train! To continue their interest in numbers we recently did a simple number collage that they enjoyed. Other ways we get to see and look at numbers here at Aston Childcare are –
Shape sorter clock
Books with numbers such as “five little ducks”
Watching Numtums on CBeebies
Playing with our toy till
Playing with our jumbo calculator
Making numbers out of playdough with the number cutters
Number stickers in our arts and crafts sessions
Development matters states that children between the ages of 22-36 months will –
Aside from numbers, other mathematical resources we have been enjoying lately here at Aston Childcare have been our new “Go Wheelies”! which are a great way of developing the use of positional language.
The children were loving the large foam blocks in the garden over the summer months.
The numbered ducks and measuring cylinders in our water play area are popular as are the number and shape magnets and talking numbered remote control inside.
Yesterday my mindee and I made some fun, colourful number bunting to pin up in the garden. Not only was this a good mathematical activity, it gave us an opportunity to look at maths outside and provide print in the outdoor environment. Of course children get to see print in the environment all the time – road signs, shop frontages, car number plates and in the school playground.
My mindee has a fantastic imagination and as I sat cutting the triangles he enjoyed playing with the triangular offcuts – “Look, I’ve got the monsters teeth”. We counted the number of plain flags we had in total and then he was able to tell me which number I needed to write next on each of the 10 flags. We explored shapes (cutting a triangular shape out of a rectangular piece of card). He was excited to choose which colours we should use for the line. We then pegged it up outside and were even able to see it from the playroom window once back inside which brightened up the view on a winters day!
Areas of learning covered: Communication and Language, Mathematics, Expressive Arts and Design
I had an inkling that this Robot related activity would be a big hit with my 4 year old mindee today and it was! It’s amazing how, when applied to a fun subject matter, that maths can come alive and be interesting!
I presented him with a series of coloured shapes and asked him to identify each shape and its colour which he did perfectly. We then set about making our robot which sparked lots of great ideas from him – “this triangle could be his icecream cone” etc.
My mindee then named his robot “hearty” and was then keen to use the remaining shapes to make another one!
We then did a short quiz counting how many of each shape our robot had.
Simple, effective and fun!
Areas of Learning covered: Maths, Expressive Arts and Design, Communication & Language.
Here at Aston Childcare I aim to provide a varied learning environment where I endeavour to cover each of the 7 areas of learning and development across the age ranges.
Today I am looking at what mathematics resources and learning experiences I provide for the children. I am always keen for new ideas and am always looking to add to my resources.
Maths skills amongst the young have been in the news a lot over recent years and OFSTED are paying particular attention on the maths teaching we provide to ensure children are being exposed to quality learning experiences.
It’s important to remember that Maths incorporates not only numbers but size, shapes, weight, capacity, position, distance, time and money.
My current maths resources and activities on offer include –
Sand and water play using containers and jugs in variety of sized and shapes
Baby Einstein number and shape discovery flash cards
Baking (using measuring and quantities)
Shape sorter puzzles
Number correcting puzzles
Variety of Books such as Oxford First Maths dictionary and See and spy shapes
Measuring plants such as sunflowers in the garden
Matching pairs numbers games
Snakes and ladders
Card games such as “UNO”
Everyday conversation using mathematical terms such as more/less, many/few, empty/full, heavy/light etc
The height chart is a current popular favourite and I am always keen to add resources which the children consider such fun they don’t even realise they are learning!