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Mini Maths

Shapes around the House

Play a game: be a shape detective as you walk around your house, searching for shape clues.

  • Can you find 5 round (circle) shapes- a clock? a plate? a mirror?
  • Can you find 5 square or rectangle shapes with straight edges and pointed corners- the side of a cereal box? a picture on the wall? the side of a cushion?
  • Can you find any triangle shapes in your house- with 3 pointed corners and 3 straight sides- slice of pizza? slice of cake?  a'Toblerone' chocolate bar? 'Doritos' crisps?


When your child has found the different shapes, you could draw them on a piece of paper and bring it to Nursery next week so that your child can talk about the shape game in school.


Saying the number names in order in number songs helps children to remember the order of numbers necessary for counting. 

Join in with the song below:

One Potato, Two Potatoes

Solving Number Problems

Children learn to solve problems from an early age, for example, when they put out their hand asking for 'more' (crisp, sweet, toys).

When children learn number order and counting, this is a more precise way to solve number problems.


It is important for children to take their time when counting and follow 3 simple rules:

  • put them in a line 
  • touch each object/ symbol with your finger as you count
  • say number names clearly


When counting, children need to know that the last number you count tells you how many there are ie. the total. 

Practise counting around your house -

  • how many socks are on the radiator? 
  • how many plates are on the table?
  • how many tins are in the cupboard?
  • how many toothbrushes are in the pot?


Watch the clip below, where the boy, Michael, does lots of counting and compares which group has more and which group has less.

Comparing Numbers