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Hi I'm in nursery and my mind has gone blank- yet again. We've go such a mix of ages from 3 -4 as we take them on their 3rd birthday with no cut off so I need an easy to manage yet impressive lesson on maths but linked to spiders. Any suggestions, my thoughts were rolling a dice (2 for more able) and placing that number of spiders on the web. Any other ideas?

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Or adding legs to a spider body - i.e. number stories of 8.

 

LA - can you find 8 legs to put on the spider? Counting and tallying to 8

HA - this spider only has 4 legs, how many more does he need? Early addition and counting

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I have played some great games with chldren based on spiders.

 

I got some round coasters from Ikea, put some big googly eyes on, and got a stack of pegs.

 

One version is to turn over a sand timer and see who is the fastest to put 8 pegs around the outside of the coaster to represent legs. Another is to roll a dice and the child has to put the corresponding number of peg legs onto their spider's body, the first to get all 8 on is the winner.

 

Even better if you get them to make their own spider's body on before hand - they could draw faces on them and everything! Sorry. Little carried away there!

 

Its not exactly impressive, but it might fill a few minutes of your lesson! Good luck!

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What about making some large drain pipes from card and making a game with a dice of spinner....moving up the drain, when you hit a rain cloud or something you get washed out.....Get children to compare how many spaces they have moved, numbers rolled, who is in first posistion, second, third etc

 

lou X

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Ours love it too, we also have another one, which is felt spiders on elastic and on the floor you put card spiders which have a velcro spot on them, the children pick up the spider on the floor with the felt one on elastic, turn it over and there is a number score. We tend to play this one in the garden - don't know why!!!

 

Maz I do love the simplicity of your peg game. We do something similar I suppose, but with a Roses chocolate tin and pegs, the children roll the die/dice and depending upon how many the score add a peg to the top of the tin.

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Ours love it too, we also have another one, which is felt spiders on elastic and on the floor you put card spiders which have a velcro spot on them, the children pick up the spider on the floor with the felt one on elastic, turn it over and there is a number score.

We have a couple of those!

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