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Bean bag game – keeping score

Small group of three year olds are playing a throwing bean bag game with the practitioner. They have some buckets to throw the bean bags into and there are some numbers written on the ground for the children to stand on and throw their bean bags. They see how many can they get in and count up their scores. The game has been set up by the practitioner as part of the provision and these children have chosen for themselves when to to play and join in.

Good for looking at

  • Mathematical concepts
  • Counting
  • Keeping score
  • Games with rules
  • Physical


  • What cues can you see that show what the children are interested in? (Look out for non-verbal and body language as well as spoken language)
  • How are the children learning?
  • Which areas of development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • In what ways does the adult support the children’s learning?
  • How do the materials support the children’s learning?