We are used to Ioan spending hours on end drawing at the table and now Finn seems to have developed the same passion. He has spent most of the week drawing… numbers, what else? He loves the numbers 4 and 14, because they are written with straight lines, so he can write the numbers easily.


  • Coloured crayons / felt tips
  • Scrap paper – lots of it!


Ioan often hunts round the house for objects to draw, returning with books, cereal boxes, characters and toys.

I encouraged Finn to pick some objects to draw, to get him drawing curves. He returned with BB-8 and some Mike the Knight characters.

He happily chose the colours he needed for each character, then ‘drew’ them.

Afterwards he was keen to get back to his numbers and when I returned two minutes later, he had set himself up with some sticks in the shape of a 4. He then proudly asked me to, “Close yours eyes!” and added a 1 before each 4, before shouting, “Ta-da! Surprise! I did add 10!”

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Physical development

ELG 04 – Moving and handling:

Children show good control and co-ordination in large and small movements. They handle equipment and tools effectively, including pencils for writing.


ELG 11 – Numbers:

Children count reliably with numbers from 1 to 20, place them in order and say which number is one more or one less than a given number. Using quantities and objects, they add and subtract two single-digit numbers and count on or back to find the answer.