Maths Investigation and Discovery Box

IMG_0597To 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
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  • 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
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  • 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.close up 2



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