- Stand back from role-play, think with a mathematical eye and work out how you can provide more mathematical elements.
- Role play needn't be contained to an 'area'. Children love party play and celebrating their or other's birthdays again and again. Make a birthday for a teddy to introduce numbers; making birthday cards, adding candles to cakes, counting presents, working out who's older, who's younger, using calanders and dates and laying a table for a party.
- Providing a variety of role play scenarios introduces a wide range of different uses of number and relevant mathematical language in different contexts.
- This child new her home phone number and rang it in play. Numbers of personal significance can be a good way to talk about and play with numbers as labels with children
- Include everyday technology in role-play. It not only brings in discussions about uses of technology but also adds a 'real world' use of numbers.
- Adding a mirror automatically leads to talk about numbers of people or things.
- Having an exact set provides counting and calculating experiences when setting a table; have we got enough for each person? How many short of forks are we? Have we got enough cutlery for each person? are we missing some, what are we missing?
- Find a place for everything so children naturally sort, match and classify as they tidy. The old fashioned phone provides an opportunity to compare with modern phones and mobiles; do they have the same numbers? Could I phone your number from any of these phones?
- 'Painting' large spaces is a highly satisfying experience.
Well-planned role play is rich in opportunities to use and to record maths for a purpose. It provides numerous opportunities for interactive learning to take place where children actively construct their understanding within a social and physical environment.