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Maths at home
Thereís lots of maths in your home
Try playing number games with playing cards, dominoes and board games. Children can have hours of fun making their own games too, but youíll need to encourage them by joining in yourself. Make sure you have lots of dice and counters (pennies, uncooked pasta or building bricks will do fine) for counting.

Play some simple games
Children can practise their maths by:
  • sorting the washing and matching pairs of shoes and socks
  • finding the patterns in everyday things like adding up 2p, 5p or 10p coins, or reading the house numbers as you go along your street.
    If your child is not good at working things out in their head at first, donít worry! Be positive. Praise them for what they can do and keep on working with them.
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      Phone number sums  
      What do all the digits of your phone number add up to? For example, 0181 424 1163 adds up to 31. Ask your child to find ten phone numbers in your local phone book with the same total as your own phone number.
         
      Where would you like to go today?  
      Get out a road atlas and find the chart that shows distances between towns and cities. Find where you live and choose five places round the country you would like to visit.
  • Which is the furthest from where you live and which is the nearest?
  • If you were travelling at about 30 miles an hour (thatís one mile every two minutes), roughly how long would it take you to get to each place from your home?
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    Learn your tables while at the shops!
      Count things that come in sets of the following.
    Two: twin packs of orange juice, yoghurts, socks.
    Three: bars of soap, packs of sandwiches, packs of biscuits.
    Four: packs of bread rolls, chicken pies, fingers on a chocolate bar.
    Five: slices of meat or cheese.
    Six: eggs, jam tarts, cans of cola.
    Seven: now there's a challenge! Can you find anything that comes in sets of seven?

    Or how about sets of eight or nine?

      buy two get one freeLess than, more than, same as
    Check round the house or the shop for things that weigh exactly 1kilogram(kg). Feel the weight of a 1kg packet. Use the 1kg packet to find things which are: less than 1kg; more than 1kg; equal to1kg.
      Itís a bargain
      childrenWhat would the shopping items in your trolley be worth if their prices were cut by:
  • 50%;
  • 25%;
  • 10%;
  • 20%; or
  • what if they were all two for the price of one?
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