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Encourage your child to do jigsaws. A simple jigsaw would make a great present for your child at any time of year.
Jigsaws give your child lots of practice at putting shapes together.
Begin with an easy jigsaw. Sit down with your child and help them get started. Your child will need your help at the start, but later they will be able to do jigsaws on their own.
Real jigsaws are best for your child. Occasionally, though, you might let your child play online, with supervision and assistance. A good tip with all jigsaws is to start with the corners and straight-edged pieces before you fill in the middle of the jigsaw.
Click on the yellow activity link below to find some simple online animal jigsaws. The website gives you a choice of how many pieces make up the picture. Start with the easiest level first (with the picture broken into only a few pieces) and see how your child gets on.
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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