Our top tips and resources for learning from home with Primary children.
Have you got a budding mathematician, engineer, or architect at home?
It’s time to put our Maths hat on! Maths is a real love or loathe subject, but it’s something every child must grapple with at school! But, for the less interested, Maths doesn’t have to be scary or boring – it can actually be fun!
Everyday, there are opportunities to sneak Maths into the lives of our children, to help keep them engaged and learning in a practical way.
Here are some Maths learning activities you can do from home…
MATHS PROBLEM SCAVENGER HUNT
All children enjoy a scavenger hunt, so why not make one Maths-based?
Step 1: Give children a grid with some weights and lengths on it – the challenge is for them to find something in the house, or the garden, approximate to those set weights and heights.
Step 2: Gather up the items, and see how well they’ve done with some kitchen or bathroom scales and a tape measure!
THE YES/NO GAME
This fun game is a great way to get in practise of 2D and 3D shapes!
What you’ll need to play: small pieces of cards or paper. How to play:
Step 1: Both players put a card on their heard with an example of a Maths topic on it, e.g. shapes, numbers, 24 hour timings…
Step 2: Each player questions one another with yes or no questions to try and guess what’s on their head. For example: ‘Do I have four sides?’
Step 3: Keep going until you get the correct answer, or run out of turns!
LINK TO LIFE!
Here are some tips and ideas to integrate Maths into everyday activities!
|1. Talk about the shape and size of objects|
Look for interesting facts, like the tallest or shortest living people, or the biggest or smallest buildings in your local area.
|2. Talk about time|
Let your children work out the timings of their household, such as asking them what time you need to leave the house to get to the shops for a certain time.
|3. Food and cooking|
There’s great scope for Maths in the kitchen! Examples of this could be measuring ingredients when working on a recipe together, setting timers, or working out how to share foods like pizza and cake equally between the family.
|4. Collect information|
Help your child create a tally chart; perhaps they could find out the family’s favourite animal, or fruit!
GREAT ACTIVITIES AND RESOURCES FOR PARENTS
There are a huge number of resources out there to make home-learning more efficient and entertaining.
Here are some suggestions you might like to take a look at today:
Play with Numberblocks!
The BBC has great videos for numeracy development designed for children up to 6 years old!
NASA has some amazing Maths and Space activities for kids!
Learn from Carol Vorderman!
Carol Vorderman’s website has some wonderful Primary-level Maths lessons.
Qoute of the day
Do not worry about your difficulties in Mathematics. I can assure you mine are still greater.- Albert Einstein
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