2 October 2018
Take time to make a tactile exploration of number. Claire Hewson suggests using petroleum jelly, flour and glitter to make slimy tracings and repeating patterns which children can identify and compare.
- Shapes by Nicola Tuxworth (Armadillo Books).
- Plastic shapes, small plastic or foam shapes, sticky backed plastic, foam sponges, kitchen rolls, shaving foam, compost, children’s tweezers, bun tins.
Have you ever wondered why we encourage young children to explore shapes and patterns? It is because shapes and patterns are everywhere. Children see rectangular buildings, square windows and circular food bowls. They notice patterns in behaviour (for example – every day they get out of bed, get dressed and eat breakfast), printed patterns in the fabric of their clothes, and patterns in rhythms and rhymes.
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