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Prep Transition Numeracy Presentation2011. Real-life Maths Kitchen : 1. Cutlery - Sorting into size, shape, number 2. Laying the table therefore following pattern, groups, multiples 3. Playing shop or even better actually shopping in small amounts

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Real-life Maths


1. Cutlery - Sorting into size, shape, number

2. Laying the table therefore following pattern, groups, multiples

3. Playing shop or even better actually shopping in small


4. Ordering food packages after shopping from biggest to smallest, heaviest to lightest, tallest to shortest

5. Count the fruit in the fruit bowl, vegetables on the plate, chips for each person


Real-life Maths

Around the home:

1. Socks - Colour, size, shape, pairing, odd & even...

2. Linen - Tea towels - pattern, size...

3. Towels - patterns (twirls, circles, zigzags, )

counting (shells, dots,

animals), size, shape, relationship of body size

to towel...


Real-life Maths

Playing Games:

1. “I Spy”

2. Board games especially with dice

3. Online activities such as:


Real-life Maths


Types, colours, shapes...

Number plates - number patterns, addition, subtraction, comparison one plate to another...

Speed limits - similar, comparisons, variables...

Road signs – shape, message, diagrams...


Real-life Maths

The Environment:

1. Bricks - Shape, combined shape, shape in a fence, house gate...

2. Number of trees in an area, worms in a hole, vegies in a plot...

3. Shapes all around us we see but never really

notice in terms of 2D names...

4. Animals - colour, number of breeds, patterns in

coat, amount they eat, drink, distance walked...


Real-life Maths


1. Five Little Ducks

2. 1,2 Buckle My Shoe

3. Ten in the Bed

4. 1,2,3,4,5, Once I caught a Fish Alive

5. Ten Green Bottles

6. Five Little Monkeys



Ask your child questions rather than them just asking you.

· What shapes can you see?

· How could we measure?

· How will we find half?

· How can we share these lollies?


Real-life Maths

Books Available:


The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins

by Dr.Seuss. Bartholomew really wants to take off his hat to the King of Didd … but how? How many hats will he end up with?

Night Noises by Mem Fox

Lily Laceby was nearly ninety and lived in a

cottage in the hills with Butch Aggie, her dog, as

her only companion. One wild winter evening,

snug and warm by the fire, Lily drifted off to sleep.

As she dreamed peacefully of bygone days, family

members start assembling for a surprise.


Real-life Maths


365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental and Joelle


When a box containing a penguin arrives anonymously on New Year’s Day, a family of four is puzzled, but as they continue to receive one penguin each day their problems — and food budget, and storage issues — are multiplied


The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Follows the progress of a hungry little

caterpillar as he eats his way through a varied and very large

quantity of food.


Real-life Maths

Division & Fractions:

The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and

The Big Hungry Bear by Audrey and Don Wood

Little Mouse worries that the big, hungry bear

will take his freshly picked, ripe, red strawberry

for himself. There’s only one solution to share it


The Wing On A Flea by Ed Emberley

Simple rhyming text and illustrations guide the

reader to see triangles, rectangles, and circles

in everyday things.


Real-life Maths


The Bad-Tempered Ladybird by Eric Carle

A grouchy ladybug, looking for a fight,

challenges everyone she meets regardless of

their size or strength


Cluck O’Clockby Kes Gray

A group of chickens has a full day on the farm,

from eating breakfast early in the morning

to avoiding a fox late at night. 



We all need to remember children are like sponges and they soak up all the information and experiences we can give them. We don\'t need to ‘kiddify’ our language, just explain what we mean. Children will understand far more than we give them credit for.