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For kids 2-5 years

Maths is all around us, so let’s engage children in early numeracy skills in a fun and immersive way.

Maths @ Play focuses on simple early numeracy skills that as adults we often take for granted.


At Shellharbour City Libraries we want to help engage families in exciting maths games and activities that help develop a lifelong love of learning and mathematics.


And now you can keep that learning going from the comfort of your own home, with Maths @ Play Online.


Early Numeracy

Numeracy is about more than just counting. Recognising patterns, sorting and categorising objects, talking about time and the patterns of the day, measuring and calculating amounts, arranging objects in space and identifying shapes, are all examples of mathematical thinking that contribute to numeracy.


Did you know even sorting the washing is a form of early numeracy skills?


All these concepts are fundamental building blocks for success in mathematics throughout your child’s life.


By providing children with regular, ongoing opportunities to use numeracy throughout the day, each and every day, families help to establish knowledge and the ability to apply knowledge in practical and meaningful ways. 

Tips for parents

  • Involve your child in daily routines like shopping or cooking. Talk about the measurements needed for the recipe (1/2 a cup of flour, ¼ of milk). Talk about the length of time something might take to cook and help them set a timer. While shopping, ask them to help you choose 4 apples or 1kg of potatoes.

  • Sort toys with your child into different groupings. The classification of the toys can change from day to day and remember to involve your child in decision making of these groups. For example: Toys with tails/toys without or hard toys/soft toys.

  • Talk about different colours of leaves you might find on a daily walk, even collect the leaves and bring them home and arrange the leaves in different colour patterns. See if your child can replicate a pattern you made with your leaves and then swap and let your child make a pattern for you to replicate. This activity can also be done with any object you may find in your home, for example: spoons and cups, dolls and teddies, etc.

  • Play directional games with your children, like hide and seek or treasure maps. Hide a toy somewhere around the house and give your child directions using positional language. For example: The teddy is in your bedroom and he is on top of a basket, then you could extend this activity by adding another dimension such as: he is also underneath a blanket.