Why do it?
Simple maths is everywhere. It is:
- finding things that go together
- organising things into groups
- using ideas about shape, colour, size, number and patterns.
How to do it
You can play games around the house where children group things together — matching socks and shoes, or sorting forks and spoons, as well as sorting books, blocks or bottle tops.
You can collect things from around the house:
You can go for walks to gather items that are good for matching and sorting:
Using more reo Māori
|E hia ngā mea?||How many things?|
|Tokohia ngā tangata?||How many people?|
|Kotahi te pukapuka||There is one book|
|E rima ngā koko||There are five spoons|
|Rite tonu, ōrite||Same|
|He aha te tae?||What colour is it?|
|Te tae ōrite||Same colour|
|Te āhua ōrite||Same shape|
|E hia ō hū?||How many shoes have you?|
|E rua ōku hū||I have two shoes|
|E hia ō tau?||How old are you?|
|E toru ōku tau||I am three years old|
|Rite tonu te tae o ēnei mea||These things are the same colour|