Developing the language for sharing, and the ideas of fair, share and halving, lays important foundations for children’s later work on dividing and fractions.
This activity introduces your child to the concept.
Gather a collection of up to 6 objects, there must always be an even number of things, so that it can be shared equally.
Have 2 teddies, dolls or even humans to share the objects between. Count how many objects there are to start with. Then explain that each toy needs the same amount to make it fair. You may need to model this for your child. Then ask them to share out the objects, reminding them that each toy needs the same amount.
Check at the end to make sure that each toy has the same.
This is fun to do with food, children are very interested in making it fair when there is something yummy to eat at the end!