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Part of the Government's Early Years Foundation Stage areas of Learning and Development covers 'Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy' and one of the focuses is 'Shape, Space and Measures'; in order to introduce the idea of size and comparison, try this simple activity, especially if you have recently been to a zoo! This can be done when walking along the street to playgroup or when sitting on a bus. Make it a chatty conversation, and not a mathematical exercise. Keep it simple and talk about the possible answers.
Ask your child some size related questions:
- Which is the tallest animal in the world? A giraffe.
- Which is the heaviest animal in the world? An elephant.
- Which is the fastest animal in the world? A cheetah.
- Which is the smallest animal in the world? A tiny bug
- Which is the fluffiest animal in the world? A baby bunny?
- Which is the biggest animal in the sea? A whale.
Go to the library and find an animal dictionary or encyclopedia and look up the animals to see what they look like. See what other interesting facts you can find out. What do they eat? Where do they live? Do they live in groups or alone? You could also go on line and look for images of the animals and search together.
Try comparing the size of other things around the house too. Which is the biggest cupboard? Run and find it. Which is the tallest lamp? Run and find it. Which is the smallest door? Run and find it.