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Session notes for I can see a big red circle Stages: 19 to 24 months


We use maths words and ideas without even realising it — when we go shopping, prepare meals and do the washing. We can talk with children as we do these things together, so our children learn from us all the time. Ask the whānau:

  • Have you got cups or plates that are different colours?
  • Perhaps you’re saying things like ‘Here’s the yellow cup’ or ‘Let’s put these on the white plate’?

Ideas such as big, small and middle-sized, long and short, up and down, heavy and light are all to do with maths.

We use maths when we’re sorting the laundry, matching socks, and setting the table. When we talk about what we’re doing and get our toddler to help, we’re giving a maths lesson. ‘Here’s Daddy’s big red sock, where’s the other one?’ ‘Can you put spoons on the table — one for everyone?’

Ask the whānau if you can look at the toddler’s toy box and have a conversation about the contents and what they could be saying about the objects.

You can make your own games by collecting shells, pebbles, leaves, magazine pictures, or cards. These are good for matching, sorting and counting.

Playing with blocks, simple puzzles, posting boxes and peg boards help children learn about size, shape, and colour.

How does this relate to the SKIP resources?

Baby Wall Frieze – Homai ngā mea hei tākaro māku - give me things to play with

Whenever I'm playing, I'm learning.

Six things children need - Te kōrero me te whakarongo - talking and listening

Ask our tamaiti if they've understood what we've said - 'Kei te marama koe?'


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