# Reception subtraction challenge

Discussion in 'Early Years' started by Crownie13, Feb 19, 2011.

1. ### Crownie13

Hi,

I am a student teacher and am planning for the maths challenge (child initiated) activity to be set up. It has to be linked to subtraction and quite simple as it will be indepedent. I was wonderinf if anyone had any ideas as that would be great.

Thankyou!

2. ### Crownie13

Hi,

I am a student teacher and am planning for the maths challenge (child initiated) activity to be set up. It has to be linked to subtraction and quite simple as it will be indepedent. I was wonderinf if anyone had any ideas as that would be great.

Thankyou!

3. ### thumbshrew

Mmm ... How can you plan a challenge to be child-initiated? Do you need to define your terms more clearly?
If you just mean independent, perhaps you could give the children a set of various boxes with counters, or something similar inside, lids of boxes stuck firmly down. Say you tried to put 10 counters in the boxes but you had some left over for each box. Show or say how many were left over for each box. How many counters does each box hold? Which is the winning box holding the most counters? depending on abilities of children they could record this through their own methods with pencil and paper. You would have to build it up by hamming it up a bit as a challenge and building some sort of story or scenario about it (pirate treasure etc - which box will the pirates take? Can pirate Pete solve the dilemma) At the end you can open boxes with a flourish to find out the answers.