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Hot and Cold

Hot and Cold


The mathematical language associated with hot and cold is our focus in these activities.  Whenever the opportunity arises develop your child's vocabulary by discussing with them the differences in temperature between different sources.


Talk to them about how temperature is measured. When looking at the weather forecast you could point out the numbers showing the temperature ... as it's a chilly January most of the temperatures will be below 10 degrees ... so the temperatures will be in numbers the are familiar with.


Talk to your child as you are cooking - why do we never touch the oven or boiling water in a pan? How do we feel when we are out for a walk on these chilly January days?  How do your hands feel when you come back into the warm? How do packs of peas feel straight out of the freezer?  What is the bath water like when they first get in? And after ten minutes?


Fill bowls of water of different temperatures - warm, cool and very cold (with ice if possible).  Allow them to explore and talk about how each bowl feels. What happens to the warm water after a while? Can you mix them - how do they feel now? 

Hot or Cold Sorting

As with all our sorting activities the discussion that arises from this task is more important than the finished product. As the focus is temperature the sorting sets are Hot and Cold. 

Can your child thinking of a different way of sorting the objects? Children are often better than adults at thinking of different sorting categories.

Going on Holiday

Imagine you are going to a warm and sunny beach in Australia or to the snowy Antarctic! 

Can you pack these suitcases with the appropriate clothes and accessories? 

If you can find a selection of actual clothing, footwear and accessories at home, as with any Nursery activity, this would be best undertaken practically.

Why did you choose to put those items in each set? What else could you add? Could any items be in both sets?