Developing Early Maths through Story


Step-by-step advice for using storytelling as a springboard for maths activities

Marion Leeper, Tracey Muir

Developing Early Maths through Story is a comprehensive guide designed to boost educators’ confidence in teaching early mathematics to children aged 3 to 5. This book encourages young learners to engage with mathematical concepts creatively, both indoors and outdoors. It consists of 14 chapters, each focused on a number from 0 to 13.

Each chapter includes:

  • Brief Outline of a Traditional Story: Introducing the number through storytelling.
  • EYLF Learning Objectives: Aligning activities with the Early Years Learning Framework.
  • Resources Needed: Listing materials required for activities.
  • Suggestions for Younger Children and Babies: Adapting activities for different age groups.
  • Outdoor Activities and Natural Materials: Incorporating nature into math learning.
  • Further Activities, Games, and Extension Questions: Expanding on initial concepts.
  • Suggestions for Using ICT: Integrating technology to enhance learning.
  • Assessment Opportunities: Identifying moments for evaluating children’s understanding.

This guide helps educators support children’s mathematical development in a fun and engaging way, using stories to make learning both meaningful and enjoyable.


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Marion Leeper

Marion Leeper is an early years teacher and storyteller who has used story and small world play to teach maths throughout a 20-year teaching career. She is a regular writer for Early Years Educator magazine, and many of her features focus on story and mathematical thinking.

Tracey Muir

Dr Tracey Muir is an Associate Professor in Mathematics Education at the University of Tasmania. Her research interests include effective teaching of numeracy, student engagement, teacher knowledge and the use of children’s literature to teach mathematics. She regularly conducts professional learning for teachers and has delivered workshops, presentations and keynote addresses at national and international conferences.

Additional Information
Weight 0.28 kg
Dimensions 297 × 210 × 5 cm