Halves are usually the first fraction which children come across and these four worksheets look at how to colour or divide shapes into half. They have been designed so that it can be seen that a shape can be divided in half in a number of different ways: the important mathematical concept is that each part is of equal size.
When doing these pages you can also introduce the idea of quarters and that two quarters is equal to one half and don't forget to talk about the different shapes; rectangles, triangles etc.
Questions which begin, 'How many ways...?' will heared a lot in school as the children begin to investigate maths and also leads to logical thinking and working in a methodical order. The page on how many ways can a half a rectangle be coloured is an early starter for this type of investigation: you might need to print the page out more than once as there are quite a few ways!
These pages can be found in our Superbrains, Division and Fractions section.
Go to the Recognising Halves worksheets.