Out and about

Practice using maths with your child outside your home!

Exploring your local community and playing sports provides loads of opportunities to start thinking about numbers and keeping active.

Tips & ideas

  • Directions. When travelling somewhere familiar, ask your child to give you directions and timings, then test their directions out. If they get something wrong, ask them to think of the best way to get back to where you want to go.
  • Look for patterns and symmetry when out and about.
  • Sport. Sports are the perfect chance to think about speed, scores, time and angles. Get competitive; try out different angles to score from, ask them how many star jumps can they do in a minute.
  • Explore the local area. Ask them to guess how many people live in your town, how far is the nearest airport is etc. Ask for the reasons behind their answer and check the answers online.
  • Estimation. For example ask them to think about how they can estimate how many bricks were used to build a local landmark.
  • Hobbies. Ask them to talk about the maths they have come across in the favourite hobby.
  • Journeys. Ask them questions like how many miles or kilometres have we travelled, how many are left and what time should we get to our destination.

What skills are we practising?

  • Pattern
  • Shape
  • Counting
  • Adding and subtracting
  • Time
  • Speed
  • Angles
  • Measurement
  • Sequences and patterns
  • Multiplication and division
  • Estimation
  • Problem solving and reasoning

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Family Maths Toolkit Everyday Activity Packs

Each pack contains 18 activities which are fun, creative and will get you and your child talking about everyday maths.

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Collect data about the local area and make charts using chalk.

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5 travel games for children

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Ideas for maths scavenger hunts

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Skipping game with cups of water

On a hot day, play this skipping game with cups of water. Turn it in to a competition and measure who can keep the most water in the cup.

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Maths games to play on long journeys

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Maths on the go

Maths On The Go

This book contains 101 simple tips, games and activities to make practising maths enjoyable, for you as well as your child.

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