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By Sharon Parnellearly years practitioner and freelance writer

Cats, dogs and rabbits are all children’s favourites. Use them to inspire speaking and listening, and mathematical language

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1 Big cats, little cats

Sort pictures of cats by size

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

Shape, Space and Measures

Development matters: are beginning to understand variations in size (22-36 months); order two or three items by length or height (40-60+ months).

Early learning goal: use language such as ‘circle’ or ‘bigger’ to describe the shape and size of solids and flat shapes.

What you needd

Group size: small groups.

‘Big cats, little cats’ activity sheet; labels showing words such as ‘bigger than’, ‘smaller than’, ‘big’, ‘little’ and ‘longer’.

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