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Children’s graphics

CONTEXT: in the nursery - David, 4 years, 2 months: self-initiated drawing and mathematics.

Before he left to go to the forest with his peer group, David drew a ‘spider’.

He represented each leg, counting 1 - 15 in sequence, and then ’17, 18, 19, 20, 25.’ He then proceeded to enclose the legs with a spider web. Next he blacked out the spider’s face saying, ‘It’s all the flies on his face’.

David counted almost continuously, some of the many spider’s legs he had drawn.


  • Representing quantities that are counted.

Gallery 7: The emergence of graphic symbols and texts in pretend play
Gallery 8: Children's graphic symbols and texts in self-initiated contexts.


Publications - New in 2016:

Worthington, M. and Van Oers, B. (2015) Children’s social literacies: Meaning making and the emergence of graphical signs and texts in pretence. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy 16(1), 1-29.

Worthington, M. and Van Oers, B. (2016) Pretend Play and the cultural foundations of mathematics. European Early Childhood Education Research Journal 24 (1). 51-66.

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Courses and Conferences: 2015-2016

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