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Egg and spoon races are a regular at school sports days and great fun. You can organise your own challenges at home. See if your child can run along with an egg sitting balanced on a spoon. It's probably better to use hard boiled eggs for obvious reasons! You can also use small potatoes instead of eggs. See how fast they can run from A to B. Time them by counting out the seconds. If they drop the egg or potato they have to go back to the start line. If you are looking after several kids, organise a race.
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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