Maths week in the toddlers has been great fun! We have been super busy. Today we focused on shapes.
The children were exploring common 2D shapes on the geoboard. They were able to confidently name the shapes and use their fine manipulative and problem solving skills to put the elastic bands around the nails to create their shapes.
The children had lots of fun learning and creating shapes. We decided to get creative and use shapes for printing!
From an early age, children notice different shapes, even if they don’t yet know that the shapes have names. Giving children lots of practice with shapes helps them solidify their understanding of the two-dimensional structures. That knowledge of shapes gives the young children an advantage in many areas of learning.
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.
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 😊