Here are a few ideas for things you can do at home to support your child with their mathematical skills. Shape and number are everywhere, so try to find every opportunity to teach your child as you play. Websites such as Pinterest have brilliant ideas for play based maths.
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- Count: anything and everything! Did you know sastumas are a great resource for counting with your pre school age child? Get your child to separate all the segments and lay them on their plate. Estimate: how many do you think there are? Count them to find out! Always encourage your child to point at and touch each object as they count. Say the numbers slowly, saying each number as you touch the object you are couting. We call this 1-1 correspondence.
- Baking and cooking are great fun activities you can do at home, which also have great potential for learning mathematical vocabulary and skills! Use words like: more/less, full/empty, heavy/light etc as well as using number names and units of measure, eg 100 g.
- Singing number songs, 5 currant buns in a bakers shop, 5 little ducks, 5 little monkeys etc. Look online for inspiration. Can you find any you don't know?
- Shape hunts are good fun - look around the house or garden for everyday objects. Can you find a circle, square, triangle, rectangle, hexagon? Cone, cube, cuboid, pyramid, sphere? Sounds grown up, but some of our nursery age children already can recognise and name 2D and 3D shapes!
- Cut food into different shapes to add a bit of fun to meal times!
- Play with shape sorters
- Sort sweets or toys by colour
- Build towers out of lego and count how many blocks you have used. Remember to point to each one as you count!
- Blow bubbles, count them as you pop them!
- Read stories that have a number or other mathematical theme! For example, Goldilocks and the 3 bears, Bear Hunt, The very Hungry Caterpillar. DIscuss with your child the mathematical language and concepts that come up.
- Talk about the day of the week each morning. Can your child sing our 'Days of the week song?' (Apologies if you get fed up with the song).