Have fun with maths!

Games help children develop a positive attitude towards maths.

Whenever your child uses maths in play, explain that they're using maths. This will help them realise how much we all use maths every day.

Tips & ideas

  • Play with cards. Take 2 cards and add the numbers together, the player with the highest number wins.
  • Play with blocks. Get them to think about size, colour, shape, weight and texture. Create patterns and structures, ask them to guess how many blocks they could pile up without them falling down.
  • Play 'I spy' with numbers and shapes.
  • Play with containers. For example, how many socks can you fit in the box, which container holds the most sand, water or beads etc.
  • Play the Clue Game. Pick an object and give your child clues to that object by using directional language, such as up, down, over, under, between, through, beside, behind, in front of, and on top of. Make the game more challenging by giving two part directions e.g. "It's on top of the table and to the left of the TV".
  • Board Games are great for developing skills. Try games like Connect 4, Jenga or Snakes and Ladders.

What skills are we practising?

  • Counting
  • Numbers relationships
  • Adding and subtracting
  • Estimating
  • Shape and measure
  • Pattern and sequence

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