Monday, 11 January 2016

Maths and fine motor activity

Chick 3 got stuck in with a bit of fine motor control this morning. I stated him off by poking all of the pipe cleaners into the colander which he quickly pulled out again. 

Then I showed him how to put them back in again, and he quickly picked up the idea and began doing it himself.

Pipe cleaners are fantastic for loads of stuff, not only because they've got a great sensory feel to them, but they're so malleable. 

Chick 3 lost interest after about 15 minutes, but I left it out on the table incase he went back to it. Turns out, Chick 2 prefered the look of it and turned it into a 'cage for the caterpillars' after poking them all through and 'trapping' them inside! 

Chick 2 was also having a go at something a bit more maths based with pipe cleaners too - 
We were counting two sets of 'caterpillars' and finding out how many there were altogether on both leaves. 

This is something I made on one of the first teaching placements I did while in reception, we were doing the life cycle of a butterfly :) 

He seemed to grasp the idea pretty quickly, but I think we need to work on the 1:1 counting as he speeds along and always misses some! I extended this activity by writing out the number sentence for him. which he repeated verbally to me.

We also looked at drawing the missing caterpillars to make number bonds to 10, but this was really stretching it by this point. This was probably more Chick 1's territory. 

Development Matters - EYFS Links:

Pipe cleaner + colander activity

Physical Development: Moving and Handling
8-20mths : 
Picks up small objects between thumb and fingers.

Maths caterpillar activity

Maths: Numbers

•Counts up to three or four objects by saying one number name for each item.
 •Counts actions or objects which cannot be moved. 
•Counts objects to 10, and beginning to count beyond 10.
 •Counts out up to six objects from a larger group.
•Finds the total number of items in two groups by counting all of them

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