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Language and Communication Match two equal sets  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.


Begins to match 2 equal sets

Early years skill:Numbers
Early years typical range:22-36m
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:Maths Number and Algebra
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:P5
TAP skill:Language
TAP level:TAP30
Section:Early Years (0-5yrs) info; Primary (5-11yrs) info

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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Making matching Lego towers

Lego bricks

Make a tower of 3 bricks and another identical one of 2 bricks. Hand the child the third brick needed for the smaller tower and help the child complete the tower.

Say 'Look...the same' and point to the 2 towers.

Compare the towers and count the bricks.

Increase the height of the towers and the number of the bricks the child has to add to make the towers the same. Make your tower and then say 'Look......make the same'.

Give lots of praise for making a tower the same.

Allow the child to explore the materials you are using before you start the activity'


You want the child to get the idea of things being the same.

Extend the idea into everyday life e.g. match cups at snack time or knives and forks at dinner time.

Peg board patterns

Pegs and a peg board

Make a peg pattern e.g. red peg, blue peg, red peg.

Start the pattern off for the child. Say 'Look.........Make the same'. You may need to hand the child the pegs to complete the pattern to start with.

When the child makes the same pattern praise and say 'Look.......the same'

Allow the child to complete more and more of a pattern that you have made as they become familiar with the activity.

Praise for completion.

Matching using coloured counters/coloured care bears etc

Care bears


Line of coloured dots on a piece of paper

Colours and paper.

Paper and colours
Establishing one to one correspondence

Large laminated numbers 1/2/3 on card

Small laminated numbers 1/2/3 on card

Pieces of food/crisps/biscuits (or other motivating items)

Marbles and marble run game

Cars and garage ramp

Understanding that '1' is always '1' and '2' always '2' etc is quite abstract and a big step for a child.

This skill needs lots of practise and encouragement.

Give yourself enough time.


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