Residential Play Spaces: Winter 2017

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Arithmetic and Geometry in the Playground by Ya'ara Bashan Haham

IT MAY SEEM a little strange to practice arithmetic and geometry without a notebook, eraser and sharpened pencil, but it turns out that the playground is a wonderful way to learn arithmetic and geometry in a fun and experiential way and expose children to basic concepts from these worlds. Unlike the motor skills that the children develop in the playground without the help of the parent, learning arithmetic and geometry on the playground requires the active involvement and mediation of the parent.

Notebook & Pencil - Out Playground - In

and not deter them from the profession. If we look at the details of the playground, we can find many opportunities for practicing arithmetic skills, such as counting, more, less, equal, double, and more. Here are some examples of how to take inventory on the playground:


You can number equipment or parts of equipment - how many swings are there? How many chains does each swing have? How many columns does the equipment have? How many ladders are there on the playground?


For example, you can count up to ten when your child hangs on the bar, swinging in the swing, you can decide to count to twenty, and when the child reaches twenty, the child will descend from the swing.

Arithmetic in the playground

In almost every area of ​​our lives, we need mathematical calculations, so it is useful to familiarize yourself with numbers, quantities and basic arithmetic operations at an early age to help children with school accounting, provide them with a basis for mathematical thinking

Many opportunities for counting on the playground exist.