Books and TV

Books, TV and radio are a great way to keep children excited about numbers. Ask them about the maths in any story they read or TV programme they watch.


For younger children (6-7):

  • The Shopping Basket by John Burningham.
  • 365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental.
  • We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen.
  • The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by Gary Rubinstein - great for teaching kids that it's OK to make mistakes and that you can learn from them.

For older children (8-9):

  • The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn and Hal Iggulden.
  • The Daring Book for Girls by Andrew J Buchanan and Miriam Peskowitz - Great activities that use maths like finding north, writing codes, making kites etc.
  • Matilda by Roald Dahl.
  • Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl - how many pheasants did they catch?


BBC Megamaths is a radio show about a team of detectives on a maths mission to solve mental maths problems.

TV and film

Whatever they're watching, there's opportunities to talk about maths. Ask them questions, such as how fast are the cars going in Top Gear, how many votes are being cast on Strictly Come Dancing or how many years ago did the people on Gory Games live?

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One Hundred Hungry Ants

One hundred very hungry ants hurry to sample the delights of a picnic, but instead of marching single file, they divide into smaller rows--a lesson in division and visual introduction to math

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Spaghetti and Meatballs for All

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How Big is a Million?

How Big is a Million?

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One Thing

One Thing

Lola is back and counting. "A brilliant book to introduce the non-scary nature of counting and sums to very young children".

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Amazing! Magazine

This monthly magazine for children is fun and educational, covering maths and other subjects through articles, activities, puzzles, stories and more. Use code NatNum10 at the checkout on their website for 10% off a subscription.

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Bedtime Math

This free app offers daily activity ideas to help parents make maths a fun part of children's bedtime routine.

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