chapter  1
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Paperware

This chapter looks at how paperware can be used to help children's communication and language, maths and vocabulary. It includes activities using paper plates, wrapping paper, serviettes, kitchen rolls and tablecloths. Paper plates are one of the most useful mathematical models ever produced, and can be used in games to help children understand how 'more' and 'less' work. Simple bold designs are better for younger children so that they can focus on the main idea. Some designs have an animal taking up the whole serviette. Out-of-class activities need to be frequent, short and focussed. They should be varied, interesting and fun, so that they motivate children, stimulate their learning and foster different learning skills. Playing games will help the child gain confidence and develop a clearer understanding of basic number skills. Each game can be adapted and children should be encouraged to then make up games of their own.