Planting and growing
- The bean stalk is growing higher than the fence, shall we guess how high it will grow to?
- Planting provides a multitude of mathematical opportunities; planting numbers of seeds, calculating how many seeds are needed for each planting hole, digging up potatoes, picking tomatoes, measuring plants growth, looking ahead in a calendar to find the month the vegetables will be ready for picking, the list could go on and on!
- even the smallest of areas can be developed with children outdoors. Planting and habitats for mini-beasts will provide a rich background for mathematical experiences.
- Planting can take place with little expense but great imagination!
- Beans grow taller than the children in no time providing lots of opportunities for measuring and making comparisons.
- Natural patterns in the environment.
- Mathematical patterns in the natural environment.
- Growing vegetables, will the beanstalks grow taller than me? How many peas in a pod?
There are many mathematical opportunities involved in planting and growing. Children may be involved in planting numbers of seeds, adding a marker and seeing which ones grow. They may be measuring spaces between plants or seeing how tall they have grown. They may be involved in sorting and classifying them. Be alert to the mathematical possibilities so that they are not missed.