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The 12 Activities of Christmas 10: Ten Lords A-Leaping

Get the children moving with this active maths activity, all while exploring their PSED progress. It is best suited for older children in groups from 1-8.

What you will need:

  • Coloured card
  • Scissors
  • Shape templates (see image below or make your own out of coloured stars, squares, circles and triangles).
  • Double-sided tape or blue tack
  • A play area where double-sided tape/blue tack won’t damage the floor!

Preparing the activity:

  1. Cut the shapes out of different colours of card. Make sure you have a variety of colours for each shape, e.g. 3 blue squares, 3 red squares, 3 red triangles, 3 yellow triangles. This will need to be adult only as it requires fine cutting between the shapes.
  2. Arrange the cut-out shapes in a grid formation on the floor, in a random order, and secure with tape or blue tack (we don’t want any slipping!).
Image created by TNL

Doing the activity:

There are a few ways to play!

  • Ask the children to jump around the shape area, shouting what shape and colour they have landed on.
  • Challenge the group to cross the shape area, jumping on only one shape or only one colour.
  • Shout colours and shapes and have the children race to find it first.
  • Give directional instructions such as ‘move two shapes forward’ or ‘move one shape to the right’ so the children can then announce what shape they’ve landed on.

Adapting the Activity:

As this plan doesn’t exclusively focus on Christmas, there will be no problem using it as a non-Christmas activity!

Tracking the activity:

30-50 months

Mathematics: Numbers; “Uses some number names and number language spontaneously.; Uses some number names accurately in play.”

Mathematics: Shape, space and measure; “Shows an interest in shape and space by playing with shapes or making arrangements with objects.”

40-60+ months

Mathematics: Numbers; “Counts up to three or four objects by saying one number name for each item.; Counts actions or objects which cannot be moved.; Counts objects to 10, and beginning to count beyond 10.; Counts out up to six objects from a larger group.”

Mathematics: Shape, space and measure; “Beginning to use mathematical names for ‘solid’ 3D shapes and ‘flat’ 2D shapes, and mathematical terms to describe shapes.; Selects a particular named shape.”