We have a shoe shop in nursery. There are men’s and women’s shoes, children’s shoes, baby shoes, sandals, wellies, boots and even football boots. We talk about the different types of shoes and sort them in different ways: by colour, size, into pairs and what they are used for. The children really enjoy trying them on and finding out whether they are too big, too small or if they fit. We measure our feet, decide on prices, make price stickers, use the calculator till, pretend to be shop assistants or customers. We learn to look for patterns when we sort and this helps us to develop good maths skills. Playing with pairs of shoes helps us to recognise what “two” looks like. The children have played this game at home with their families, who say that it was great fun.