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Sharing sweets – how many each?

Two four year olds are sharing out some sweets with Mum. She makes it into a game of sweet counting for them.

Good for looking at:

  • Mathematical understanding
  • Socialising
  • Communication
  • Effective adult support
  • Language development


  • 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 play, development, engagement and characteristics of learning can you observe?
  • In what ways does the adult support the children’s learning?
  • How does this everyday activity support the children’s learning?