Maths and people Maths is all about people. People are measured by their height, their
weight, the size of their feet and the size of their clothes.
First, let your child draw around
one of their hands and then let them draw around yours. Next, place 1p coins inside the outline
of the hands and draw around them so you donít leave any spaces.
Add up the value of the coins. How
much is their hand worth? How much is your hand worth? Is it worth twice as much if you do
the same with 2p coins? Try it with other coins too. How much is it worth using 5p coins?
you as long as you are wide?
Stretch your arms out and measure the length from the fingertips on one
of your hands to the fingertips on your other hand. This gives you your
arm span. Then, compare the width of your arm span to the length of your
body. Do it with other members of the family and what do you find?
(It is usually about the same!)
many days old are you?
Before you start to work this out using a calculator, try to guess. Have
a good guess, not a wild one! Here are a few tips to start you off.
Take your age in years and multiply
it by 365 (but remember itís 366 for each leap year).
Count the number of days since your
last birthday. Add them all together. Too easy? If
so, work out how many minutes old you are.
Scaling the weights
your child on the bathroom scales. Weigh them again while they are holding
the family pet. Can they work out how much heavier they are? Can you find
two things heavier than your child and two things lighter than your child
around the house?