We are always exploring maths in Nursery, sometimes without even realising it!
Here are some ideas to keep you going, while you continue to learn from home 😊
- Number rhymes - Have a think about nursery rhymes which count. There are so many! A few favourites in Nursery are '5 little ducks went swimming one day', '5 little speckled frogs', and '1, 2, 3, 4, 5, once I caught a fish alive'! But there are so many more! BBC School Radio is a favourite in Nursery for counting songs!
- Ten Town guides – these can be found in the Ten Town Section of the Nursery Home Learning Page, and in the resource pack collected from school.
- Rote count different things around the house or in the garden – count the stairs each time you go up or down them, count how many birds you can see outside or cars you see parked, help set the table for tea and count out the right amount of plates and cups. Can you make some marks to record this amount?
- Numberblocks! This is a great show for exploring numbers.
- Incorporate counting into your exercises – can you do 10 star jumps? Can you pat your head 10 times? Can you stomp your feet 10 times? Make sure you give each one a number!
- Make rainbow paper chains (or any paper chains) to decorate your window with! Roll a dice and count out some paper strips in the given number, repeat this and count out different coloured paper strips – join them altogether and count the total!
- Play a board game with your family. Roll the dice and count how many spaces you need to move.
- Use your blocks or toys to count out a given amount. Can you make two groups that have the same number? Now can you make a group that has one more? Which group has less? Can you make them the same again?
- Can you represent the different numbers? It could be by making marks with paper and pen or grouping different numbers of objects.
- Go on a shape hunt. What shapes can you see in every day life? Have a look for circles, squares, rectangles and triangles everywhere you go! You'll be amazed at how many you can find!
- Use shapes to make pictures. Can you make a picture using just circles? Draw lots of shapes on a page and colour them in.
- Talk about the shapes you see. Count the sides and corners. Can you make groups of shapes that are similar?
- Complete jigsaw puzzles or other shape puzzles. This will help to problem solve, as well as begin to explore shapes.
- Explore time and weight measurements - baking would be a great for this! Measuring out the ingredients and timing the amount of time in the oven - not to mention the yummy result at the end!
- Play games like Simon Says - giving instructions to position themselves inside, behind, on top, next to and so on.
- Talk about the days of the week. Learn the days in order and then ask questions like:
What day is it today? Can you remember what day was yesterday? Which day comes after Tuesday?
- Do the same with months of the year. Learn the names of the months. Talk about special months for example, February is special because its the month you were born in; Mummy's birthday is in October; we celebrate Christmas in December