What to do with this activity?
Oxford Owl is a really good educational website and has resources for parents on Oxford Owl for Home. You must register, but it is free to join.
Have a look at their maths tips and games suitable for 3 and 4 year olds here.
The main thing at this age is to let your child know that numbers are part of everyday life. Talk and count out loud about how many of something you are buying, how many euro they cost, what the time is, how many lego bricks you need, what the number on the bus is, and so on. Let them enjoy the four games on the link above for practice with numbers.
Why am I doing this?
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.
How can I do more?
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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