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Developing Early Maths through Story

Step-by-step advice for using storytelling as a springboard for maths activities

Developing Early Maths through Story is a guide to help educators feel more confident about teaching early mathematics. Ideal for use with 3- to 5-year-olds, the book will encourage young learners to engage with mathematical concepts, both outdoors and indoors, and show educators how to help children creatively develop maths skills. The book contains 14 chapters, on numbers 0 to 13. Each chapter includes: a brief outline of a traditional story; EYLF learning objectives; the resources needed; suggestions for younger children and babies; scope for outdoor activities and for using natural materials; further activities, games and extension questions; suggestions for using ICT; and assessment opportunities.

Ages: 0-5 | Pages: 96 | Code: TS0305 | ISBN: 9781925145359

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Marion Leeper

Marion Leeper is an early years teacher and storyteller who has used story and small world play to teach maths throughout a 20-year teaching career. She is a regular writer for Early Years Educator magazine, and many of her features focus on story and mathematical thinking.

Tracey Muir

Dr Tracey Muir is an Associate Professor in Mathematics Education at the University of Tasmania. Her research interests include effective teaching of numeracy, student engagement, teacher knowledge and the use of children’s literature to teach mathematics. She regularly conducts professional learning for teachers and has delivered workshops, presentations and keynote addresses at national and international conferences.


How to use this book6
Number zero – empty9
Teremok, or The Little House in the Forest
Number one – counting15
Anansi’s Tea Party
Number two – pairs21
Into the Ark
Number three – position27
Molly Whuppie and the Bridge of One Hair
Number four – shapes33
Little Piece
Number five – counting39
The Five Foolish Dinosaurs
Number six – comparison45
Lucky Bird Huma
Number seven – counting51
Monkey and the Stepping Stones
Number eight – shapes57
The Lost Parcel
Number nine – pattern63
The Rainbow Snake
Number ten – counting69
The Magic Forest
Number eleven – estimation75
The Old Man and the Mountains
Number twelve – capacity81
The Cat, the Mouse and the Conkers
Number thirteen – size87
The Golden Key
Further resources93