chapter  3
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Threading play in a mathematical way

This chapter starts with a description of ideas connecting mathematics and play. We look at play through a mathematical lens: problem posing and problem solving in play is mathematical. Children listen to an oral story version of the traditional Russian tale ‘Teremok’, which has been rewritten as a children’s picture book by Arnold (1994) and is similar to a story titled ‘Who Lived in the Skull?’ which features as part of a collection by Ransome (2003). Children listen to the story being retold by storyteller Paula Brown and are later observed playing with loosely associated props. Children express some of the mathematical ideas of Teremok in play.