Toddlers who are spatially aware can better understand the connections between things and their surroundings, as well as between their body and other things. They can represent the locations of objects in space through a variety of experiences, such as building structures out of blocks and other 3-dimensional materials or manipulating shapes like tangrams and pattern blocks. Toddlers who stack objects can discuss the item at the top and the item at the bottom. Movement is implied by directional words like up, down, left, and right.
They can also use them as they play games and engage in physical activities, or they can play with toys that can move, like cars and trucks.
Toddlers who learn about patterns are better able to solve problems through logic, prediction, and logical connections. Numbers, shapes, and images that repeat logically are called patterns. Children can learn to predict outcomes, comprehend what will happen next, connect logical dots, and use reasoning skills by observing patterns.
Before asking kids to extend and create patterns, give them a chance to recognise patterns in their surroundings (such as the stripes on a zebra, patterns on fabric, and patterns on wrapping paper). They can practise pattern recognition by stringing beads or arranging pegs on a pegboard in particular configurations, such as red, blue, red, blue, red, and blue. Children can also make patterns with sounds and motions.
Children will start to make their own patterns once they are able to recognise the underlying order and predictability in the patterns they observe. To increase their awareness of different patterns, more growing patterns—like AB ABB ABBB—and repeating patterns—like ABC, AAB, and AABB patterns—could be introduced.
All in all, giving your toddler the chance to understand, use, and apply numeracy concepts and skills in meaningful ways throughout his or her daily experiences should be the main goal of developing their numeracy concepts and skills. Children’s prior knowledge is built upon when providing them with numeracy experiences, with a focus on learning through the manipulation of tangible objects. They become aware of the connections between groups of objects that need to be matched, sorted, compared, ordered, made into patterns, and counted through the use of manipulatives, pictures, and symbols. Additionally, they will improve their knowledge of fundamental geometrical shapes and basic spatial notions.
Math QuestTM, one of our Core Foundational Learning Programmes, helps toddlers understand numeracy ideas before they formally begin studying mathematics. Numeracy skills grow significantly in children’s early years, and they have a big impact on how well they do in maths in primary school.
Simple mathematical concepts are taught to children using a variety of activities, games, toys, and materials that develop their logical reasoning and spatial awareness. Kids are given interactive, engaging learning materials that are concrete, pictorial, or abstract to keep lessons interesting and enjoyable. By the time they are six years old, they will have progressively mastered counting, pattern recognition, relationship recognition, taking measurements, naming shapes, and spatial concepts, in addition to fundamental mathematical ideas like addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.