I am a big fan of using natural items and our surroundings, so I left these out as an invitation to play and was intrigued to see what Finn would do with them. .


  • Snow
  • Pinecones
  • Numbers


Step 1: Finn started off by lining up the numbers in ascending order.

Step 2: Next he lined up the pinecones in size order, starting with the smallest.

Step 3: He then moved on to counting pinecones and sorting them into odd even numbers.

DfES Early Learning Goals (2017)

Personal, social and emotional development

ELG 06 – Self-confidence and self-awareness:

Children are confident to try new activities, and say why they like some activities more than others. They are confident to speak in a familiar group, will talk about their ideas, and will choose the resources they need for their chosen activities. They say when they do or don’t need help.


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.

ELG12 – Shape, space and measures:

Children use everyday language to talk about size, to compare quantities and objects and to solve problems. They recognise, create and describe patterns. They explore characteristics of everyday objects and shapes and use mathematical language to describe them.