Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy outdoors
- When children know they are able to move resources around and use them for their own purposes they come up with some very clever ideas!
- We climb up numbers of steps and squeeze, slip and slide our bodies through spaces. Our whole bodies experience a world made up of mathematical elements.
- Display can be outdoors as well as in. Add number lines to fences. If the numbers are hung they can be moved, numbers can be 'missing' or re-ordered
- Registration numbers provide an opportunity for talking about large numbers.
- Pouring, shovelling and sweeping sand into different sized containers.
- 'Painting' large spaces is a highly satisfying experience.
- Outdoors is an excellent place for using natural resources.
- Balancing carefully across three symmetrically arranged planks.
- Using containers of varying sizes to fill and pour.
Brunswick is an inner city nursery and has a medium sized, enclosed, outdoor space. Use their PowerPoint on ‘Maths outdoors' to look at some of the resources that lend themselves to maths outdoors and how practitioners interact with the children to encourage mathematical thinking, problem solving and investigating.
Have a look too at a PowerPoint on using a woodland area to develop PSRN, it is full of inspirational ideas!