Out and about

Practise 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

  • Go on a shape hunt. How many circles, squares, rectangles or triangles can your child find? Are they 2D or 3D? Try getting them to look for patterns and symmetry.
  • Play outside games that use counting. Hopscotch, hide and seek, What’s the Time Mr Wolf, skipping or hula hooping are a great place to start. Practise times tables by counting in multiples e.g. 4, 8, 12, 16, or 7, 14, 21, 28.
  • Dance. Ask your child to create dance routines along to their favourite songs.
  • 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.
  • Ask them to give you directions to local landmarks or important places. Get to work out how long each stage of the journey takes.
  • Use sticks for shape challenges. Ask them how many triangles can they make with 9 sticks etc.
  • Explore the local area. Ask them to guess how many buildings do they think are on the street, how far is it to the nearest river or How many dogs and cats live in your town. Ask for the reasons behind their answers.

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

For ideas, look at:

All external resources have been reviewed and recommended by our Parental Engagement Pedagogical team. (External links will open in a new tab).


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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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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Collect data about the local area and make charts using chalks

A data handing activity.

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Maths in the Park

Finding maths in nature. Explore the rest of the site for more ideas for outdoor maths.

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Can you throw as far as Olympic Champions?

Take part in these Olympics-themed activities.

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Skipping Game

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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I am a mathematician

Support your children's learning with the free 'I am a mathematician' resource and other activities on this link.

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