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 measure.

These involve 2 different aspects
  • Numbers
  • Shapes, space and measure

There are many different ways of supporting these areas.


Here are some activities to do together when playing together

  • Play object hide and seek
  • Bury treasure then count how many you can find
  • Compare 2 groups of objects
  • Find the total number of both groups of objects
  • Jigsaws
  • Use language such as heavy, light, full, empty, under, inside

Other activities

Here are some activities to support mathematics

  • Use shapes to create pictures
  • Sing number songs
  • Encourage tidy up time, making up a song or game
  • Make patterns out of colours and shapes

Everyday routines

Here are some things to consider during everyday routines

  • Look and name shapes you see around
  • Count the stairs as you go up and down
  • Make a books with children about what they have been doing use photos and words
  • Write a shopping list for the children to use during an outing

Here are some activities Rainbow Robins may do to support Literacy, which you could try some of these at home.

  • Role play –  office, cafe
  • Play-dough
  • Painting
  • Sand play
  • Flour play
  • Cornflour play
  • Letter Bingo
  • Drawing
  • Making books
  • Outdoor chalk
  • Making stamps
  • Reading stories