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Blowing bubbles outside together is a lot of fun. See how big you can blow them, and how high they float before they pop. Count out loud the seconds that a bubble lasts. Encourage your child to chase the bubbles, and reach for them.
Indoors on a rainy day, you can turn bubble popping into a counting exercise with this great Curious George counting game.
Maths is more than working with numbers. It also consists of shape and space, patterns, measuring – things you do and come across in everyday life. When children begin to learn formal maths at school, they are building on a foundation of early numeracy learning from home. Even though they may not even be aware of it, parents and children engage in numeracy activity as part of their everyday lives.
Always teach numbers in a natural way through everyday activities and play. Count steps on a stairs, food in your shopping trolley or cows in a field. Compare things when talking big or small, long or short, older or younger and faster or slower: “You carry the small box and I’ll take the big one.” Use the words – up and down, over and under, near or far, more or less when talking to your child. Talk about the shapes of everyday things. Ask your child what shapes they can see around the room they’re in.
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