Washing line maths

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By Beverley Michaelearly years writer

Adapted from original article published 26 September 2007

Hang a washing line in your classroom or Early Years setting for a range of counting activities.

Peg pairs

sorting socks
Mathematics – Shape, space and measures

What you need

Approximately 2m of washing line hung across the room, within reach of children; coloured pegs; pairs of coloured and patterned socks.


What to do

Invite the children to peg the socks on the line in matching pairs. Can they use pegs of the same colour for each pair of socks? Who can hang their pairs of socks on the line first?

Extension

Challenge the children to make a repeating pattern with the sock colours.



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