




Maths
at home
There’s
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 you’ll 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,
don’t worry! Be positive. Praise them for what they can do and keep
on working with them. 












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 (that’s one mile every two minutes), roughly how long would
it take you to get to each place from your home? 




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?


Less
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.


It’s a bargain 

What
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? 











Maths
at home 

