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Maths counting activity

Maths – Number 4


Number of the week challenge

Recap on the previous learning your child has done at home on the number 4.


Tell your child that there are two special shapes that are friends with the number 4.


Show your child a rectangle. Do they know the name of the shape? Can they count how many sides the shape has? Model how to count them by having a clear starting and finishing point. Point to the corners. Can your child say what these are called? Explain that they are points that make the edges meet together and they are called corners. Challenge your child to count them, emphasising a clear starting and finishing point. Why is a rectangle a friend of the number 4?


Tell your child that they are going to go on a hunt around the house looking for rectangles! Encourage them to look for them and say how they know it is a rectangle. Emphasise how a rectangle has two long sides and two short sides. Can your child point to the long sides? Can they point to the short sides? Encourage them to use the words, “It is a rectangle because…” If possible allow your child to take photographs of all of the rectangles they find on their hunt. They could also make a mark on a piece of paper for each rectangle that they find, counting them all at the end to see how many rectangles they found!