Become a woodland mathematician
Counting, collecting and symmetry for tots!
Join our education manager Vicky in Cock Robin Wood near Rugby as she explains in the video a couple of simple counting and collecting games for tots, and creates a woodland floor firework from leaves using a traditional mandala pattern.
Download our Really Wild Maths activity sheets below for your own treasure hunt or leaf bingo game, and take a look at the extension activities if you have a little longer and would like to introduce some simple sums. There is also an activity sheet to help you create your own mandala nature collage.
Top tips: Set safe boundaries for your little explorer/s and remind children to look out for nettles and spiky plants.
When the children have completed their Really Wild Maths challenges, additional activities might include:
- Asking them to organise all of their finds on the floor in size order from shortest to longest.
- Simple sums: for example, what is the number of sticks plus the number of green leaves? Or crunchy leaves plus brown leaves?
- Try asking your pre-schooler to make the shape of each number on the floor using their sticks and leaves and whatever else they can find.
- See how many simple shapes can be made on the floor using what they have found, starting with a triangle, square and circle.