Mathematics is a huge part of everyday life. That makes it easy to stimulate maths learning in ways that are appropriate to early childhood learners. Perhaps even without realising it, you can establish foundation maths skills by talking to pre-schoolers about numbers and counting, the difference between adding and taking away, and familiarity with basic shapes and sizes. Some Essential Resources mathematics books deal with those foundation concepts. Others show how the learning of EC maths can also come from time spent on picture books, songs, games and general outdoor play.