Category: Mathematics

Taking Maths outside

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

 

Robot Maths

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.