Activities & Days Out / 9 July, 2018 / Nanny Anita

Nanny Anita’s Help with Adding

Now that my 4-year-old charge has pretty much mastered his numbers he is in need of a tricker challenge, so I thought perhaps introducing him to the concept of addition. I could have just gone with having some counters out and getting him to put them together, but I thought a more exciting method was needed to help him so that it would leave him wanting to do over and over again.

You will need:

  • A large shoe box
  • Paper
  • 2 bottles (500ml Evian bottles are a great size for this)
  • Paper
  • Knife or sharp scissors
  • Beads

1. Place the shoe box on its side (so the long sides are at the top and bottom), and cut 2 holes the size of the bottles on the top. You don’t want the holes to be too big as the bottles will fall through.

2. Cut the bottoms off the 2 bottles and squeeze them into the holes so that top of the bottle is now facing down. Make sure that the lids are no longer on.

3. Using the paper, draw, cut out and stick together the template to make a long rectangular box, this is to catch the beads once you put them through the bottles. This is the equal area.

You are then ready to use your new adding machine.

This activity is good for:

  • Developing basic maths skills
  • Fine motor skills
  • Exploring size, i.e. what objects are bigger or smaller by seeing if they will fit through the opening in the top of the bottle.

In The Spotlight

Eaton Square Nursery Schools

At Eaton Square Nursery Schools, we offer a nurturing and stimulating environment for children aged 2 to 4 years old, with a rich and varied curriculum that encourages curiosity, creativity, and confidence. Our experienced and qualified staff are committed to supporting each child’s individual needs and interests. We have four nursery classrooms in two locations: Eccleston Square and Lupus Street. Eaton Square Nursery Schools children enjoy the benefit of priority admission to Eaton Square Prep School.



Latest posts

Expert / 16 April, 2024

Empowering Parenthood: How Community Pharmacists Offer Support And Guidance

Food / 16 April, 2024

Rhubarb And Custard Muffins

Living / 15 April, 2024

Nurturing Excellence: Eaton Square Prep School’s Approach To 11+ Preparation

Expert / 15 April, 2024

Top 10 Tips On Tackling Nits And Head Lice


Blogger / 15 April, 2024

Zentangles for Children