# NUMBERS EVERYWHERE- LETS COUNT

To celebrate Maths Week Scotland outdoors we decided to make an autumn number tuff tray. The boys and girls were counting the dots on the wooden discs and matching them up with the number hedgehogs using their problem solving and numeracy skills. The children then counted as a group out loud the number leafs in the correct order 1-20.

“This one has 4 dots so it matches number 4”

The boys and girls started pointing out all the different sizes of leafs there were, so we started comparing the sizes, the children put in order biggest/medium/smallest.

“This leaf is the smallest”

# Exploring numbers in the toddler room.

This week we have been learning about numbers for maths week. We drew around MC for a body template and counted how many body parts we have. We have also been singing number songs and playing number games such as ”five little monkeys jumping on the bed” and ”five little speckled frogs”.

First we drew around MC

The children then painted the body

The children counted how many body parts they could find

Then the boys and girls labelled the different body parts.

# Numbers are everywhere! Exploring length

The children have been interested in the bugs they’ve been finding in the garden recently.

To extend their learning, last week we brought a mini beast hunt indoors using autumn leaves collected by some children on a local walk. They enjoyed learning the names of the different bugs, exploring textures and role playing with them. This week we’ve added some calipers to allow the children to explore the concept of measuring and length.

In the early years when maths is explored during play it becomes more powerful, allowing children to apply their growing knowledge and build lifelong understanding.

The addition of callipers allowed the children to explore their mathematical potential freely; using the language of length and size, comparing lengths, identifying  and writing numbers.

The children also recorded their findings using their own mathematical graphics on a simple table.

I wonder what the children will measure next?

Please share any pictures of your children using these skills at home so we can print them off and share with their friends 😊

# Numbers Everywhere – 1,2,3,4,5 Once I caught a fish alive

Today the children were catching the number fish using the magnets which was lots of fun. They sang the “1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive!”song when they had caught all the fish.

# Numbers Everywhere – The Very Hungry Caterpillar

To celebrate Maths Week in the Studio, the children chose the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  We focused on counting how many pieces of fruit he ate. The children had fun drawing all the fruit, counting them as they went and also practising writing numbers. Then, as a treat for all their hard work, they got to watch the animated story.

“I drew five oranges.”

“Look at my apples.”

“I’ve got three plums.”

# Hopscotch fun

Today the children from the discovery room were having fun learning their numbers through the challenging but fun game hop scotch.

“I landed on number 7”

They are also developing their gross motor skills,  balance and co-ordination and number recognition as they hop from number to number.

The children learn many things such as ;

• spatial awareness
• turn taking
• numeracy skills

# Fun with numbers!

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Today in the Home Room the children were focusing on counting and identifying numbers to 10.  After counting the spots on the wooden steps the children were able to put the steps in order from one to ten. They then had great fun jumping up the steps whilst shouting out the number as they stood on it! The children also helped the ladies to make number lollipop sticks. They counted aloud how many dots were needed on each stick and then sorted them in the correct number order! What great number helpers we have at Cart Mill!!