Monday, 7 March 2016


I am currently working with children who have just turned 3 years of age. Although most of them can count to 10, I wanted to focus on counting items individually and number recognition to 5.

With St Patrick's Day just around the corner I thought I would create some themed activities to encourage this. I have started with a simple number line. I added a numeral to each space and also Shamrocks in the same pattern as we see on dice.

 This reinforces children's understanding of

  •  Cardinality - That this represents how many of something there is. 
  •  Subitising - Instantly recognising the quantity without having to count.

By placing an item on each space, the children can count the items. I added 5 of each item for the purpose of this activity. The children can see that although each group of items looks different, there is in fact the same number of each. 

  • Conservation of number - Knowing that the quantity is the same however the items are arranged and grouped.

  • Place different items on the number line and add them together. Use the counting on method so that children can see that they do not need to start at 1 each time.
  • Use 2 different items on the number line to look at number bonds to 5.

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Communication and Language
  • Mathematics 

Sunday, 6 March 2016


The play room has been set up ready to explore! I will be adding activities and experiences to the environment for the children over the next 2 weeks.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016


I am always trying to find ways to include little ones in sensory play. We often go with a big tray on the floor but this often ends ij the focus being more about throwing the contents around rather than really exploring the sensory side of things. 
Don't get me wrong. Throwing things around is a learning experience in  itself but I am trying to find a way to redirect the focus a little. 
I have gone with scaling things down a little. Adding some items to the high chair and seeing what happens.

"J" was the first to try this new approach and he seemed to settle in to it much quicker than the times we have used a large tray. He used his fingers to make lines in the lentils and then drew my attention to them.

With less to overwhelm him, he seemed to find it easier to focus in on the different items on the tray. Picking each one up and feeling its texture and shape. Sometimes putting items to his mouth. He was very interested in the little traffic cone. looking at it from different angles. Picking up lentils between his thumb and fingers and dropping them in to the upturned cone end.

"J" turned the trucks over and spun the wheels. He realised that the cement mixer could be filled with lentils and emptied out again. He also noticed that pushing them through the lentils left a clear trail behind and then repeated this several times. Just checking out his new discovery!

Today's play, meets the following EYFS Prime and specific areas:
  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Art and Design


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