Supporting early mathematics through role-play…

Role-play provides opportunities for children to develop problem-solving skills. As part of the theme ‘Park Life’ I set up a garden centre in the outdoor role play area. Resources used alongside modelling to develop mathematical language/understanding as follow:
• Plastic money
• Signs with opening times
• Price Lists
• Seed packets with prices on
• Empty bottles with numbers and corresponding lids. Children were encouraged to out the right number of beans into each container. This had been conduct as an adult guided activity in a previous session therefore this activity was to enable children to consolidate learning.
• Variety of different size plant pots

Mathematical development supported in role play:
• problems involving ‘real life’
or money
• comparing and ordering numbers/size
• counting

Key vocabulary used to support role play:
how many are left/left over?
how many have gone?
one less, two less
first, second, third
last, last but one
before, after
next
between
above, below
compare
order
size
money
coin
penny, pence, pound
price
cost
buy
sell
spend, spent
pay
change
dear, costs more
cheap, costs less, cheaper
costs the same as
how much…? how many…?

Ideas for maths activities outdoor can be found in this book...

Ideas for maths activities outdoor can be found in this book…

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