Maths activity: Exploring Shapes

Yesterday after lunch we enjoyed doing a shapes collage. This activity was with two 2 year olds.

I recently completed some training in Developing Children’s Emergent Mathematical Skills which spoke about being able to recognise, name and provide a range of opportunities for children from birth to explore and discover 2D and 3D shapes in the context of play.

The Early Years Foundation Stage states that educational programmes must involve activities and experiences for children including the specific area of mathematics
‘Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.’ (p8; EYFS 2014)

They both started off doing a collage each before we decided that a collective effort would be more fun. It involved them using fine motor skills (Physical development), taking turns (Personal, social and emotional development) discussing shape names and counting how many pieces we had (maths and Communication and language) and expressive arts and design.

The children were both actively involved and concentrating for a good 30 minutes (Characteristic of effective learning).

I love activities like this, simple yet enjoyable, teaching and learning and a lovely end product to admire!

Areas of Learning covered: Maths, Communication and language, Expressive arts and design, Physical development and Personal, social and emotional development.

Can you spot the shapes we used in our collage? (Square, rectangle, circle, triangle, trapezoid, ellipse, octagon, hexagon…




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