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Matching is an important early childhood maths skill. Matching is being able to identify same or similar objects based on their common properties. For example - it's a skill to be able to recognise and group together all the triangles on a page, then all the circles, then all the rectangles.
If your child enjoys playing online, encourage them to have a go at this online game of Find the Pair from Primary Games (ignore all the advertisements and scroll down to find the game). It requires quite a bit of concentration because some of the shapes look similar, or are the same colour, but are not matching. Perhaps your child enjoys matching pairs as a memory game? Have fun with this DKM Matching Pairs Memory Game.
Children learn numbers and maths in a natural way through play and everyday activities. It’s different to school and should always be fun and practical – that way your child will enjoy working with numbers.
Your child also develops a sense of patterns and what time means in everyday life. This is important for helping your child to manage everyday activities – going places, how long they have to wait and understanding when things will happen in the future.
Talking about numbers helps your child’s fluency in counting, estimating and understanding numbers and money in everyday life. It takes time for children to understand addition and subtraction so use objects when helping them understand this or when doing their homework.
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