Maths is such an important subject to learn for young children, it benefits them in everyday life so why not make it fun with maths monsters? This activity aims to help children learn colours, numbers and shape in a fun way! They don’t even realise they are learning because it is through play (which is obviously how I approach each activity that I do).
This can easily be an all day activity for the children, from painting the monsters to then actually doing the activity and all the bits inbetween. Children can get really into this, and it is also very rewarding for them to be able to follow something through from an idea to the final product!
How we made our maths monsters
- Cut pieces from a cardboard box
- Let the children paint the pieces of cardboard – a different colour for each strip
- Cut different shaped mouths out of the pieces of cardboard
- Use your leftover cardboard to trace the shapes of the mouths to make sure the pieces will fit through
- Paint the shapes in the same colours you used for each monster
- Cut out circles for eyes and let the children stick them on the monsters
- Let it all dry
- I then used double sided sticky tape to attach just the top part of the monsters to the wall (so the shapes can fall through the monsters mouths and back onto the floor)
Once your little one has cracked the colours, you can then draw numbers on the monsters and on the shapes so they can start matching those up too!
How this activity aids mathematical development
- Learning shapes
- Colour recognition
- Spacial awareness
- Hand-eye coordination
- Space and volume
- Numbers (when doing the extra part of the activity)
Let me know if you try this at home!