Under 2's Mathematics

Mathematics for Under 2's

Mathematics is broken down into two aspects:

  • Numbers
  • Shape, Space and Measures

Mathematics is all about understanding and using shape, space, measures and numbers to solve everyday problems like how much sticky tape to use to fasten a parcel or the number of red balloons that would need to be bought so that there were enough for all the children attending a party. Helping children to enjoy Mathematics is probably one of the most important things that adults can do so that children realise that mathematics is a way of finding things out and solving problems.

When something has real meaning for a child they will learn about it – so even two year olds will recognise the number 2 after looking at and talking about their birthday cards. Children often say ‘that’s my number’ when they see numbers two, three, four or five – because their age (which they are referring to) is special for them.

At Toybox our Mathematics encompasses the use of numbers within nursery rhymes and songs, as well as children becoming more aware of the space and their environment. Practitioners will also hide objects using scarves, shredded paper and materials for the children to uncover. At this age children will start to notice simple changes in numbers, practitioners promote this by singing number rhymes and providing babies with two or more of the same toy. Children explore different shapes with both their hands and mouth recognising items that are big and small. We provide activities to promote this that include encouraging independence by understanding daily routines, providing a variety of objects in varying sizes and song times.

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