Around the house

There's maths in all the every day activities you already do together.

There are plenty of opportunities to play with numbers, and help your child feel positive about maths. Always point out that you are doing maths - this helps children understand that maths isn't scary.

Tips & ideas

  • Talk about time. For example, get them to work out what time you need to leave the house to get to school on time.
  • Cooking. Measure ingredients and set the timer together. Get them to work out how much more food will you need if extra people are coming for dinner.
  • Talk about the shape and size of objects. Look online for interesting facts, like tallest and shortest people, or biggest and smallest buildings etc.
  • When you are sharing food like pizza or cake, ask your child to help you share it equally between the number of people eating.
  • Solve maths problems at home. For example, ask them how many apples to buy at the shop and why, or how long will it take you to get to Gran's house if you go to the library on the way.
  • Collect information and create a tally chart, for example to find out the family’s favourite animal or fruit etc.
  • Make patterns with objects, colouring pencils, paint or Play-Doh, and build structures with Lego or boxes.

What skills are we practising?

  • Measuring
  • Counting
  • Addition
  • Subtraction
  • Multiplication
  • Division
  • Fractions
  • Estimation
  • Handling data
  • Comparison
  • Pattern
  • Order
  • Problem solving and reasoning
  • Shape

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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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Ideas for all the different things you can count around the house.

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Boy using a food mixer in the kitchen

Real Life Maths in the Kitchen

Ideas for using maths in the kitchen.

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Use Your Calendar to Talk About Maths

Together work out how many days until your child's birthday or weeks until the summer holidays.

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Maths Activities for After School

Ideas for activities during the school holidays.

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Maths 4 Mums and Dads

Helpful tips for parents/carers on how to support their children with maths

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Maths on Toast Bites

Maths on Toast Bites

Videos and downloadable resources with ideas for creative, fun maths activities families can enjoy together.

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