Making salt dough handprint ornaments is a fun activity for toddlers and children. They also make excellent presents for grandparents or mementos to decorate your Christmas tree. Making salt dough… Read more Salt Dough Handprint Ornaments →
Teaching Length to Kindergarten Children – Ordering Sticks by Length This post focuses on teaching length to Kindergarten children or children just beginning to learn about measuring with length. When… Read more Teaching Length to Kindergarten Children Using Sticks →
Shapes with Sticks – Learning Outdoors through Play Making shapes with sticks is a fantastic hands-on way for children to explore the properties of shapes. Children can apply their knowledge… Read more Shapes with Sticks – Learning Outdoors through Play →
Rock Water Painting: Practicing Writing Numbers 1 – 10 In this post we explore practicing writing numbers 1 – 10 outdoors. Once children have had plenty of experience mark making… Read more Practicing Writing Numbers 1 – 10 : Rock Water Painting. →
I’ve been enjoying seeing other people’s exciting Halloween messy play activities that they have been doing with their children over the last week or two. There is something about Halloween… Read more Slimy Halloween Messy Play Activity →
Activities to Teach Numbers- Autumn Counting Activities This post contains a small collection of activities to teach numbers while focusing on autumn counting activities. I’m sure I will have more… Read more Activities to Teach Numbers – Autumn Counting Activities →
Counting with Numicon – Using Autumn Nuts Counting with Numicon or Ten Frame Towers are a great way to help children learn the value of numbers. Numicon can allow children… Read more Counting with Numicon – Using Autumn Nuts →
How to Teach Children to Count- Teaching Explicitly In this post I will explore how to teach children to count objects. Children need to be explicitly taught the rules for… Read more How to Teach Children to Count using Autumn Objects →
Venn Diagrams for Children – Leaves We will be looking at how to use and make Venn Diagrams for children. Once children have had some experience sorting and classifying objects… Read more Venn Diagrams for Children- Leaves →
Pictograph Activities for Kindergarten This is one of my favourite pictograph activities for Kindergarten as it can be done outside. Pictographs are simple visual representations of statistics/data on a chart.… Read more Pictograph Activities for Kindergarten – Leaf Chart →
Ordering leaves from shortest to longest is a fun measurement activity to do with young children during the autumn or any time. Before teaching children how to measure using standard units such as inches, centimetres, feet or meters, children should have experience comparing lengths so that they can understand what the measurement of length is, and how to think about what is long or short (relatively speaking).
The following post contains a range of different autumn leaf activities for children that are related to the autumn season. I’ve done some of these at home with my children and others I have used as teaching activities in school. They all have a teaching and learning objective in mind, but some of them are focused on creative arts and design, whilst others are maths or science focused.
Children enjoy playing with rocks and they can be put together in a range of different ways to make exciting and beautiful artworks.
Rocks can be all sorts of fun for sorting! They can be sorted by size, shape, colour. They can be sorted in groups or it can be done in gradients. Children can be free to sort them and organise them in any way they like. It’s a great way for children to begin to think about similarities and differences and how things can be similar in some ways and different in others.
Numicon are a great resource to help children learn about numbers. They are visual, tactile and can be used in so many different ways.
Children enjoy threading and making necklaces, so it is a fun way to help them develop their fine motor skills (essential for writing).
The Swapping Number Game provides the opportunity to practice recognising numbers and playing with the support of an adult. For older children (5-6 year olds) it can provide practice in their understanding of number order as well as playing independently with friends.
Missing Number Game with Numeral or Dice Rocks This may seem like a fairly basic game but children enjoy playing it and it is a great way to teach them… Read more Missing Number Game →
My children love playing with rocks and pebbles in the garden. Writing numerals and sets of dots on them provides an opportunity for them to see and use numerals during their everyday play. Having these around for children to play with allows them to become familiar with numerals and numbers and gives them the opportunity for them to incorporate them into their daily play.
Mud Kitchens are a fun way to get children pouring, mixing, using their imaginations and engaging in pretend play. Children can also create their own mixtures for sensory play.
Telling time is a difficult skill and it takes a long time (pun intended) to learn how to read an analogue clock. There are a lot of different mathematical skills needed to read a clock so the process of learning to tell the time needs to be broken down into many smaller parts.