One of the children’s favourite mathematics activities is the nursery washing line. From their special little washing basket they carefully select the correct sock to order the numbers 1-10.
For younger children parts of the number line may have already been completed to offer a more simple sorting task. For the older children the numbers may have been put on the line already but out of sequence and their job is to find the mistakes and reorder correctly.
In support of our children with a more kinaesthetic learning style the correct number of items can be inserted into the socks to extend the hands on learning opportunities coupled with the clear visual representation of the numerals.
The girls have thoroughly enjoyed pegging the colourful socks on the line showing a high level of engagement across the age range. The promotion of fine motor skills through mastering the use of the pegs is also having a positive effect on pencil grip and the foundations for early handwriting attempts.
Washing lines can be used to great effect for learning in the home environment. Staff at Portsmouth High School recommend The little book of washing lines by Melanie Roan which can be purchased on Amazon for £8.99.
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