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By Lorelli MojicaEarly Years teacher and writer

Invite children to explore and compare similarities and differences with these great, creative activities

Boy with birthday cake

Activities in this article:

  1. Birthday count
  2. Mirror, mirror
  3. Look at me now

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Editor of Nursery Education PLUS, Tracey Brand, introduces the ‘About me’ themed activities and offers more ideas for exploring the topic with your children:

“Children love to engage in imaginative role play, so seize the opportunity to extend their learning when playing with dough in our ‘Birthday count’ activity. Join in making pretend cakes and encourage counting as candles are added and cake cups are filled. Explore similarities and differences, focusing upon physical attributes and skills, looking in detail at self images and development. ‘Mirror, mirror’ and ‘Look at me now’ provide excellent opportunities for self-reflection and discussion and celebrates all that babies and children can do and their uniqueness.”

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1. Birthday count

Making modelling dough cakes

Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy


Development matters: Begin to make comparisons between quantities (22–36 months); Show an interest in number problems (30–50 months).

Early learning goal: Begin to relate addition to combining two groups of objects and subtraction to ‘taking away’.

Group size: Small groups.

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