Mathematical Mondays #5: The Bigger the Better

Lizzie has become increasingly interested in the size of objects from “teeny tiny flowers” to “very big dogs” (said in a very serious voice). So I decided to develop this interest through play. Lizzie always loves playing with water so I have given her my measuring jugs, cups and spoons to play with. Sometimes when she is playing with water I just sit back and watch, while other times I will ask her questions like “which jug has more water in it?”, “can you pass me the big jug,please”, “can the water from this jug all fit into this cup?”. She has some very interesting responses.

We have a couple of toys that are working very well in supporting Lizzie with developing her understanding of size. The first is a toy that we have had for nearly two years, it is this Goki stacking toy and it has been such a great purchase. When Lizzie first played with it she would just stack the rings randomly, then she moved on to stacking them by colour sorting and now she stacks them in size order.

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Another way I use this resource is to put all the rings on the floor, pick up one of the rings and ask Lizzie to find one that is the same size, Lizzie now does the same thing back to me.

A more recent purchase has been this Montessori cylinder and socket set.

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Lizzie plays with this with so much concentration. The first time she played with this she was randomly placing the cylinders. She placed a lot of the thinner cylinders first often in too wide holes or ones which were too shallow, but then when she couldn’t place the larger cylinders she took out the smaller ones and started again. I can see by the more efficient way that she now tackles this game that she has gained a lot from it.

What activities do you like to do with your pre-schooler to help them develop their understanding of size?

Emma xxx

4 thoughts on “Mathematical Mondays #5: The Bigger the Better

  1. These are the very best types of toys! Children have so many electronic toys with flashing lights and sounds that really aren’t necessary and don’t provide the type of tactile problem solving development that wooden puzzle toys do. 🙂


      1. Anything with numbers, colors, maps and shapes. The most important part of any toy is doing exactly what you are doing – focus on the educational opportunities of the toy and playing with your children!! You are definitely on the right track!!


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