Mathematical discovery basket (3 - 4 year olds)

Collect materials that suggest mathematical ideas and watch your child explore and learn!

Home Learning

What to do

You can create the basket based on whatever mathematical concepts you want to explore with your child. In this basket, we have some volume-themed items that can be paired with water or sand to give children the potential to discover different materials. We have:

  • different sizes of screens, including large and thin holes
  • spoons
  • large and small teapots
  • litre scale plastic measuring cups
  • a set of small and medium metal or plastic tableware You provide materials to let your child play, experiment and think for themselves. For example, a large water tank can hold more water than a small water tank. If you’re sitting nearby, you can watch their playing, learn about their findings, and then step in and explore with them by joining the play and asking questions.

Mathematics discovery basket

Ask your child

It’s a good idea to have a “What did you find?” chat after this exploratory session. There are many mathematical concepts available to discuss:

  • small
  • medium
  • large
  • full
  • empty
  • large
  • more
  • less

Based on what you put in the basket you can record your questions and then discuss them with your child as they play.