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MATHEMATICS






Figur Walking *

Materials:

Rope/long cord or chalk

Concept:

A figure is laid on the floor with a long rope: E.g. quadrangle, triangle, circle. The children walk around this figure.

Variations:

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Balance on the rope, jump over the rope

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Draw figures outside and go around them








Mirror Gymnastics

Concept:

Two children stand adverse. One shows a number of movements (e.g. jumping). The partner
says the number and repeats the movements. Then change.

Variations:

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Change movements, e.g. turn around, swing with the arms, jumps on one foot.

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Expend the number range

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Shadow run: One partner is running a (geometrical) figure outside or in
sports room, the other is following him and name the figure (circle, pretzel, heart etc.)








Finding Shapes

Materials:

Many cards with shapes (circle, triangle, quadrangle) in different colours.

Concept:

The cards are apportioned in the room.
After the request, the children collect particular shapes/colours, e.g. all triangles, red shapes.

Variations:

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Also with numbers

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Change the way of movement (jump, crawl etc.)








Coffee Beans *

Concept:

Children in pre school age measure items (length, width of the table...)
or distances with the size of a foot (coffee beans) and compare them.

Variations:

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Measure with length of a step, span/width of a hand

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Work with partner

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Measure outdoor with steps or spread arms

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Cut a thread as long as the own body height and measure distances with that.








Left or Right? *

Concept:

The children move around in the room. The game master gives several tasks one after another, e.g:
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“Wave your right hand!“

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“Show your left ear!“

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“Lay your right hand on your left ear and try to pull your ear to the right!“

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“Take your right ankle with your right hand and pull the heel to the bottom!“


Variation:

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Work with partners or groups








Search the Numbers

Concept:

The children go search numbers in the kindergarten.
Where are all the numbers? Which ones? Who finds the biggest number – and the lowest?

Variations:

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Look for a certain number, e.g. numbers of the actual date

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Rallye of numbers while go for a excursion

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Look for figures (circle...)








What is not right?

Concept:

The
educator tells a story with numbers, shapes, relation of position. The children move
through the room. When they discover a mistake, they wave their hand. For example: The
seven dwarfs: ... at a table are six chairs. On the table are seven angled plates.
On the right side of the plate lies the fork, on the left side the knife...

Variation:

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Change the movement for affirmation and denegation








Number Ball

Materials:

Softball, ball of wool, ball of paper and others

Concept:

The children throw a Ball in pairs or small groups and count in the known number range.

Variations:

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Roll the ball by foot

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Show a number with the fingers or throw a dice, then count after throw

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In groups of 3: one says a number, the others throw the ball and count

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Hold up cards with numbers on it

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Count backwards








Found! *

Materials:

Cards with figures and numbers on it (coloured triangles, quadrangles, circles)

Concept:

Every
child has a coloured geometric figure, e.g. a yellow quadrangle, a red
circle, a green triangle. Everybody moves in the room. When the game
master shouts: “All red figures meet!“, the children with
red circles, triangles and quadrangles come together in a circle. They
dance one round together and then they walk around like the other
children.

Variations:

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Partner game: everybody looks for a partner, to trade e.g. his red figure with a green one.

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Search game: All the cards lie on the floor. Who finds the green triangle?

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Team game outside: the children with the triangles catch the ones with the quadrangles and circles.









