Set up a specific area for playful maths investigations at home or in the classroom, to encourage plenty of open-ended play and self-directed learning with a range of inviting materials.
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Set up an open-ended maths activity for kids using counting manipulatives, play dough and a dice, in a dip tray! With opportunities to practise counting, 1:1 correspondence, matching amounts to numerals and simple addition and subtraction games, this can be adapted for all ages and stages of mathematical development (and is plenty of great fun!)
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Set up a fun playful maths activity using spaghetti stuck into play dough and a box of colourful threading beads! Fantastic for developing fine motor skills, practising counting, recognising numerals and making simple patterns in a hands-on, open-ended way. Continue reading Counting and Patterning with Play Dough, Spaghetti and Beads
Create some simple number pebbles to make a lovely, natural play resource to add to the counting and maths manipulatives at home or school. Perfect for counting, ordering, addition and subtraction activities, as well as being freely available and encouraging play with a range of natural objects.
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Use shells, pebbles and other natural materials to make large scale symmetrical patterns and explore other simple mathematical concepts together. Such a lovely, hands-on way to discover about the world around us and introduce new concepts in a beautifully appealing way!
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