Transport: On the road

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By Sally Grayearly years teacher and writer

Get the children motoring along with these stimulating activity ideas.

On the road

1 At the bus stop

Play a practical maths game during role play

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy


Development matters: know that a group of things changes in quantity when something is added or taken away (22-36 months); say the number that is one more than a given number (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: in practical activities and discussion, begin to use the vocabulary involved in adding and subtracting.

What you need

Group size: up to six children.

Large open space; bus driver’s hat; ‘Bus stop’ sign.

What to do

Invite a child to be the bus driver and ask them to wear a hat and ‘drive’ around the room. Explain to the other children that they are going to play at being passengers on a bus and that you will be the conductor. Say that you will tell them how many passengers may get on or off the bus when it arrives at the bus stop.

Ask the driver to stop at the bus stop, and then direct some of the children to get on the bus. Let them go for a ride (following the driver as they move around the space). When the driver gets back to the bus stop, decide how many children will get on or off the bus. Focus on the concept of adding one more, or combine bigger numbers.


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