Maths with lollipop sticks!

It is always very exciting for us when a parent leaves a Keystone workshop armed with at least one activity or idea that they can take home and use with their kids, that they know will enhance their child’s learning. Jo, a local St Albans mum writes below about her experience of attending Shirley Hayman’s workshop on “Making maths an everyday activity for the 0-5s”….

“Perhaps the best £1.91 I ever spent on my children was on a set of coloured lollipop sticks. I’d bought some of these sticks for making puppets with as my two girls, age three and five, love to make little puppets and put on shows from behind the settee. I realised that my £1.91 could go even further though, after attending the Keystone Workshop on Making Maths an Everyday Event for 0-5 year olds in July. I wanted to attend the workshop to get, if possible, very easy ideas for ‘doing maths’ with my daughters without them realising we were ‘doing maths’. There were loads of great ideas in the workshop- and most of them used things I’d never even thought of that I’ve already got at home, including the ever-versatile egg box! The one I thought I’d try first- mostly because I know my girls like playing with them – was the lolly sticks. So we did. I threw them on the table and we spent some time making patterns and  shapes, making a ‘road’ and a few other ideas from the workshop. The beauty of it for me was that my daughters could play with the sticks together- both girls could choose what to do and sometimes my five year old could teach my three year old- very cool to see. Now for those egg boxes…..”

Thanks Jo!

coloured sticks