To support numeracy development we need to provide rich concrete experiences, here is a fun idea which you can collect from around the house. Change the items from time to inspire your child and to keep them curious.
Early maths skills include:
Discriminating, categorising, classification, counting, developing understanding of one, two, qualities and quantities of objects, understanding shape and distance. Within this box there are many, many opportunities to develop these skills.
Warning: The box of items should not be used without adult supervision.
In the box there is, (and this is only a guide, you can adjust according to what you have in your cupboard.)
- Basket with numbered pegs for counting and ordering
- Bowl of conkers/ chestnuts (replace with any natural material e.g. pebbles, leaves, flowers)
- Basket of assorted shells in various colours, patterns, shapes and sizes for sorting and counting
- Ball of play dough
- Tray ofBrailled or large print numbers
- Pencil/Black Pen and black lined notebook/Perkins Braille Machine titled Maths Discovery
- Plastic food tray with coloured sand/scented salts for writing numbers in, counting objects into etc
- Pipe cleaners for threading beads onto etc
- Teddy bears
- Egg carton
- Muffin tin
- Paper cake cases
- Empty wooden bowl
- Measuring tape
- Lollipop sticks and waxing sticks
- Textured disks made using the circular ends of a CD pack. Discs covered in textures. Or, cut card circles and add textures to them
- Variety of interesting objects to explore (embroidery ring, spider’s web, Icing bag, rings, plastic tubing, jumbo clips
- Furry pencil case with glass beads inside
- Magnetic board with magnets
- Ice cube tray
- Bricks of different sizes
- Boxes (variety of shapes and sizes) filled with beads, Lego, coloured, wooden shapes, bells, felt shapes etc, place in a wooden box for the child to choose from
- Russian nesting dolls
- Stacking beakers
- On the top of the box, textured circles are attached with Velcro. The child can have fun feeling the textures, pulling them off as they find the matching pair.