Numeracy has been a bit of a focus for me lately. One sudden burst of inspiration that involves counting was making Counting Ladybirds which are devilishly easy to make.
I started by buying wood slices from Amazon (£7.99) then popping to Hobbycraft and buying a tube of red artists acrylic for £2.00 (by the way I’m not sponsored by either store!)
I simply painted one side of the slice red and left the other blank. Once dried I took a black marker pen and drew the ladybird on the red side with the amount of spots needed (i.e. 1 spot for 1, 2 spots for 2 etc) then wrote the number on the plain side. As I had 20 slices I did numbers 1 – 20.
Here’s a few pictures of how I did it:
So, while still on holiday, I found a shop that sold wicker baskets in all shapes and sizes. The ideas that flowed of what to put in them was rather extraordinary. A selection of sticks in a variety of lengths would have been a wonderful numeracy experience for sorting.
Perhaps you could add 3 bowls, 3 spoons and 3 bears ears and have a story basket to promote literacy through the story of Goldilocks and the 3 bears.
The possibilities of baskets are endless.
So, my setting is all year round (no school holidays for me) and I’m currently on holiday. Now is it just me or do we practitioners never entirely switch off. I went for a woodland walk yesterday and I kept taking mental notes about outdoor learning activities I could do with my children.
Don’t tell my partner!