What to do with this activity?
Use ‘time’ words – early, late, weekday, weekend, second, minute, hour.
Talk about the time for different things you do every day - “It’s nine o’clock, time to go to playschool”.
Let your child see you mark dates on a calendar for example “Your birthday is next week.”
With your child, watch the video on the yellow activity link below, or click the play button on the picture above. Talk about the seasons – how the weather changes and trees lose their leaves. As your child gets older, get your child to explain to you what happens during the year.
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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