Early Childhood

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Research shows that a child's early experiences influence their long-term outcomes and life choices.

Families and early childhood educators play an important role in young children's education.​ 

These resource materials can be used to engage children with everyday mathematics.

Explore maths every day: The power of maths for young children

illustration of children playing with snails and stones Monday

Make collections:

  • Collect objects from the outdoors, like stones, leaves or twigs
  • Sort them into groups and count how many items are in each group
  • How many items are there in your favourite collection?
illustration of father helping daughter measure a piece of woodTuesday

Try measuring:

  • Explore ways of measuring using sticks, foot prints or hand lengths
  • Measure the height of people in your family
  • Who is the tallest? Who is the shortest?
illustration of family doing some baking Wednesday

Work out ways to measure ingredients for a recipe:

  • Explore ways of measuring using a cup, a jug, a teaspoon and a tablespoon
  • If you have kitchen scales weigh different foods such as a packet of flour, a bag of rice or some vegetables
  • Put the things you have weighed in order from lightest to heaviest.
illustration of children playing on see sawsThursday

Think of ways of moving with maths outdoors:

  • Find ways to balance your weight with a friend on the see-saw
  • How many steps does it take to get from the park bench to the slide?
  • What other maths games can you play in the playground?
illustration of child and mother making patterns with stonesFriday

Find patterns:

  • Try following a pattern someone else has started and continue the pattern on your own
  • Make a pattern using pebbles, pegs or pieces of coloured paper
  • What patterns can you see around you?
illustration of children playing with building blocksSaturday

Stack building blocks:

  • Build a tower as high as you can
  • Can you build a tower that is taller than you are?
  • What other structures can you make with building blocks?
illustration of child and mother playing with plastic numbersSunday

Seek out shapes:

  • Start and finish a jigsaw puzzle
  • Find four or more different shapes in your house
  • Draw some of the shapes you can see inside your house.

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The maths experiences presented here align with the The Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework (VEYLDF). This sets out outcomes and practices to guide early childhood professionals in their work with all families and their young children from birth. For more information, see:VEYLD Framework (pdf - 1.14mb)