What to do with this activity?
Rubber bands are things that you might have around the house, and there are loads of fun things your child can do with them.
Here's a great idea for a "push pin geoboard". You can use any cork board or similar and pins that stick up a bit so that the rubber bands will stay on. Notice how far the different sizes stretch.
Another suggestion, also from the "Hands On as we grow" website, is to get toddlers to pass stretched rubber bands to each other - the rubber band passing game. Games like this develop children's fine motor skills.
Have a competition to see how far you can send a rubber band by stretching it between two pointing fingers and catapulting it away. Measure the distance by counting your steps.
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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