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As children play they explore patterns and overtime are able to add, subtract and divide when given concrete items. Young children understand sharing and will often be able to share items between siblings or friends.

Written by: Leah Brookes  

Numeracy Skills

 

 

Through play children are able to explore and develop numeracy skills. 

 

When playing children will often match one item to another, such as a cup to a spoon or baby to a blanket. This is known as one-to-one correspondence, the child is counting sets of matching elements. They will also point to items as they count them, or you might count the steps as you jump down them together.

 

By using concrete objects when counting, children are supported to develop an awareness of numbers and an understanding that a number is a quantity. Over time and with practice, children become aware that there is a sequence to counting and that the quantity of a number remains the same.

 

As children play they explore patterns and overtime are able to add, subtract and divide when given concrete items. Young children understand sharing and will often be able to share items between siblings or friends.

 

What becomes more complex is when the items are not the same. For example, three lollies and three children, but one lolly is bigger than the other lollies. I’ve seen many 4 year old’s have the ability not only to share the lollies equally by number but also to discuss the ethical dilemma of what constitutes fair.

 
 
Numeracy Play Resources

 

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