I drew around one of her hands and then used that to draw another 9 handprints onto paper. It was important to use the initial hand outline so that each hand was exactly the same size and shape.
Then she decorated and coloured them (over the period of a day or two!) and I cut them out again.
I wrote a number from 1 to 10 on each hand and then laminated them. On the back I stuck some velcro sticky tape (one of my favourite ever craft/ activity products from teaching days!) and then found one of our many wrapping paper cardboard rolls left over from Christmas! Onto that roll I stuck a long strip of the velcro tape, ready to stick the hands onto.
We shuffled up the laminated, numbered cards and C sorted them all out, naming all the numbers and then sticking them onto the number line tube in the correct order. She chose to start at the right and work backwards, naming each one as she placed it on.
She was very pleased with herself when she finished it and wanted to take them all off and start all over again, immediately!
Then we found some items from around the house to measure, by laying the hand prints down next to them, top to bottom. She chose her boot first and that turned out to be the tricky measurement of 1 and a half hands, which was a great discussion point, but hard to understand!
Then we laid out her scarf and she carefully placed the hands along it, to discover it was exactly 10 hands long…so MUCH longer than the boot! Great for comparing sizes and lengths and concluding which is biggest/ smallest.
But most fun of all was to measure C herself! She turned out, rather surprisingly, to be only 8 hands long, so shorter than the scarf! Who would have guessed it?!
There are plenty more opportunities for playful fun and learning with these numbered hands! They are going to form the first in a new collection of playful maths resources. Look out for more Playful Maths posts coming up in the near future!
maths (problem solving, reasoning and numeracy):
- measuring using non-standard units
- comparing lengths and heights
- using the language of big/ bigger/ biggest and short/ shorter/ shortest etc to compare 2 or more objects
- counting using 1:1 correspondence
- ordering numbers from 1-5 and then 1-10 and beyond
- recognising and naming numerals from 1-10