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Easter egg hunt

What to do with this activity?

Why not have an Easter egg hunt? Your kids will love it. Hide some small chocolate eggs around your house, flat, or garden. As your child goes near where an egg is hidden, tell them "you’re getting hotter". If they haven’t found the egg yet, but move away from where it is hidden tell them "you’re getting colder". If you have more than one child, you could get different coloured eggs. Then each child has to find a different coloured egg.

Another family activity you might like to do is to decorate real hen eggs with your child. Tell your child how eggs can break, and how they go hard when you cook them. Click on the yellow activity link below for a video from Kathy Moore of About.com on how to colour hard boiled eggs. Later, you could take the coloured eggs on a picnic, take the shells off and eat them!

• Why am I doing this?

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.

• How can I do more?

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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