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Maths fun at home!
Maths is around us every day, in everything that we do!
Here are some great ideas to practice your math skills while at home.
(Number sense and place value, 4 operations, algebra and decimals & fractions)
- Play an assortment of games with family members. These can be board games, dice games or card games. These will help develop number sense and recognition as well as counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division skills. Action games like ‘What’s the time, Mr Wolf?’ and songs like ‘Ten Green Bottles’ can help build early counting skills.
- Household tasks often lend themselves to the 4 operations; counting and adding or subtractive numbers, time tables and multiplication when combining or grouping object as well as division when sharing.
- Algebra – why not try some of those number puzzles you get in the papers or finding out how many different clothing combinations you have without turning the wardrobe inside out!
(shape, space, angles, position and direction)
- Use materials from around the house to build. Think about the shapes that you can attach to each other and the corners that will meet. Playing with 3D objects and flattening them out can stimulate discussion and understanding of the relationship to 2D shapes.
- Using a range of timers during your activities will help to develop time awareness and estimation.
- Colouring in seems simple but have you considered the patterns and shapes that you can create. Ever tried some mindfulness colouring?
(measuring & calculating; length/height, weight/mass, capacity/volume, perimeter, area, time, money, comparisons and conversions between units)
- Learn how to tell the time by making your own clock using a paper plate and a split pin.
- Get cooking! Try making various delicious recipes with your family. Also, you could make play dough which could then be used in other areas as well.
- Timetables; encourage your little ones to create their own timetables for each day.
- Sewing or design. Why not encourage your children to make something. They can develop their measurement and estimating skills by turning an old bedsheet or towel into something new. Don’t forget to have them plan it out first though with all the required measurements.
(interpreting, gathering & collecting and presenting data to make decisions)
- Data gathers! Challenge your children to spend a day gather data for a particular question posed. For example, how many birds are seen each day across the week, how many hours are spent watching different screens or spent using technology each day for various members of the household. This data collection can then be used to create a variety of different charts (bar graphs, line graphs, pie charts etc). Challenge them to see if they can increase their score (or even increase depending on the context) the next day or when compared to a sibling.
- Weather charts and diagrams can be created and then averages calculated to then help them make decisions about future activities or clothing choices.
Ratio & Proportion:
(Year 6 expectations but can easily be explored in earlier years through these real-life experiences)
- Why not have a tea party or create your own grocery shop at home and have your children be the organiser, shopkeeper or accountant! This will encourage them to use their maths skills practically and contextually.
- Cooking is also a great way to develop this understanding, as recipes often need halving or even doubling!
Setting children projects can incorporate all of the mathematical concepts without even realising it. Challenge your child to plan their dream holiday or birthday party. This will require them to plan for things such as budgets, timings, distances, weather patterns, mapping and you can also include considerations such as packing and sales & discounts. Use a range of resources to help with this; newspapers, magazines and the internet.
The resources below are great as they can either be printed while others provide immediate feedback of results. Why not check out some of the websites below. Many websites are free while others are providing a limited time offer so why not take advantage now.
- BBC bitesize
- Cool maths games
- Maths frame
Don’t forget to sing songs and read books. There are plenty out there that incorporate maths in a fun and engaging way from the Early Years right through to the upper stages. In fact, why not challenge your child to write their own version or even turn it into a rap!
Finally, there is a large range of videos online if you are looking to help explain a particular concept. Please refer to your child’s year group learning expectations and learning packs to ensure that you are selecting appropriate concepts.