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Hi,

I'm trying to think of some resources/activities to promote using language to describe the size of objects. Outdoors or indoors. I've thought of collecting leaves and sorting them on a washing line. I'm feeling a bit brain-dead at the moment.

Thanks,

Green Hippo xxx

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My staff went on a course a while ago and came back raving about an activity they had seen done with sticks found in the garden. From my memory (which is not great at the moment) Each child chose a stick and described it using shape and size language. Then all children compared sticks and arranged them in size order. This was done in a small group and apparently really engaged the boys. If I can find the handout I will post it, but don't hold your breath!! ;)

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Just remembered another activity done with a cabbage. Children/adult peel away the leaves which of course decrease in size as you get to the heart of the cabbage. This is good at looking at patterns and great for printing with as well.

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We have been trying this type Of measuring this week - Last week we drew round each child's body on lining paper and they painted themselves as superheroes etc. This week I had 3 superheroes to choose from which they could draw round on paper after a discussion about which was the shortest/tallest etc. Once they had drawn around their chosen hero we measured them with mini marshmallows - could well have been the marshmallows but it was quite popular BUT very hard to get the children to use the language taller/shorter, when all they wanted to say was bigger/smaller!

 

Liking the stick idea, we have loads of sticks at the moment ;)

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One of our home learning bags has five pairs of socks from baby to adult and a piece of washing line and some pegs and Nick Sharratts lovely book about socks. The children match the socks, choose smallest, bigger,biggest - and try pegging them in size order. Also helps fine motor with pegging on the line and putting onto teddy bear.

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