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There is so much to learn when you play shop! Your child can pretend to be either the customer or the shop assistant. They can practise counting - how much money to give, how much change to expect. For instance, if each orange is X cents, how much does a customer pay for 3 oranges? They can practise with sums if they write down the cost of each item and add them up.
Help your child set up shop at home with small items from your kitchen like tins of food, apples, oranges, potatoes, or tomatoes. Pretend to beep items and use a cash register. Let them have a go at weighing vegetables on a scales.
Next time you go shopping together, talk them through everything you do.
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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