Teaching mathematics to young children in creative ways is made easy with this Second Edition of a wonderful book, which offers the reader clear advice and lots of exciting ideas to use in any early years setting.By showing how to introduce mathematical concepts through play-based activities, Mathematics Through Play in the Early Years is in tune with current thinking about best practice in teaching, and with the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage and current Numeracy strategy.

This Chapter Covers
  • the progression of developing skills and concepts in measuring length
  • the terms ‘weight’ and ‘mass’
  • imaginative ideas for measuring volume and capacity
  • exploring area and perimeter in play
  • using time in a playful context
  • examples of focused teaching activities and recorded work, along with independent activities based on the theme of ‘pets’

Arguably, measurement in all its forms is the aspect of mathematics that children have had most experience of prior to starting school. In their play and daily activities, children are continually estimating and making comparisons of weight, length, area, time and capacity. They will fill a cup with liquid, find a space big enough to lay out a road mat, mix powder paint to make a specific colour, all of which involve estimating and comparing amounts ...

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