Activities for children

Here are some ideas for activities you can do with your child to help them see the maths in everyday life.

Whether your child is 3 or 13, you can find activities here.

Child holding up hands

5 years old and under

At this age, children are beginning to...

  • learn about basic measurement, shapes, spaces, positions, numbers, order and patterns
  • understand the sequence of numbers
  • understand positional words, such as in, on, outside and under
  • develop an awareness of time
  • learn number rhymes and songs, such as one, two, buckle my shoe

Activities for 5 years old and under

Child holding a teddy bear

6-9 year olds

At this age, children are learning to...

  • explain why they think something is correct
  • count up to 100 and put numbers up to 100 in the correct order
  • add and subtract
  • recognise odd and even numbers
  • name 2D and 3D shapes
  • measure the lengths and weights of objects
  • put events in the correct order, for example, giving instructions for a familiar journey
  • collect information to work out answers to questions, for example, how do people travel to school?

Activities for 6-9 year olds

Young girl holding football in a field

10-13 year olds

At this age, children are learning to...

  • try different approaches when solving problems
  • break down problems into smaller, more manageable tasks
  • use mathematical language and symbols
  • convert between fractions, decimals and percentages
  • investigate and explain number patterns by drawing graphs and charts
  • calculate probability, for example, of getting a head and a tail when tossing two coins

Activities for 10-13 year olds