Fun numeracy activities to share with your child at home
The following are ideas to inspire parents and children to make the most of the opportunities around you and build numeracy skills having fun.
Cooking
Children can:
  • Investigate the units of measurement for items in kitchen cupboards or refrigerator
  • Cut the sandwich in half: “Can you cut the sandwich in half creating a different shape?”
  • Mix a drink for the family: e.g. measuring cordial, fruit and water
  • Estimate how much each item weighs, then check how close the estimates are
  • Find the time we start cooking the rice so that our food is ready to be served at the same time?
  • Change a recipe that serves 6 for 4 people (or 6 for 3 people for lower levels). How much of each ingredient will we need?

Are we there yet?

Children can:
  • Collect important dates and mark them on a calendar
  • Time how long does it take us to travel to school
  • Estimate how far you’ve travelled, the distance to your destination, and how long it is going to take
  • Find the arrival time: e.g. If it is 4:38 pm now and it will take us 15 minutes to get there
  • Enter dates into a digital calendar: e.g., identify the day of the week, the time between dates and set reminders
  • Help you to make a travel plan using timetables
  • Read the public transport maps to follow along with each stop

Shopping

Children can:
  • Estimate the total cost of your supermarket purchase
  • Estimate and weigh the fruit and vegetables;
    Compare two items for the best value for money
  • Discuss if an item on “special” is really that special
  • Find specific items (e.g., medium-sized tin of red beans, 2 litres of milk, 250g of mince)
  • Find how many apples/bananas will weigh a kilogram
  • Look for the best buy between different brands of the same item then different sizes of the same item
  • Cut items from shopping brochures that add to different values
  • Estimate how many bags you will need to carry your grocery shop
  • Disassemble a package to create a two-dimensional net
  • Compare packaging sizes for a litre and a kilogram
Out and About
 Children can:
  • Go on a numeracy walk, to look for numbers or shapes, to count objects, compare sizes of objects; and look for patterns in the environment. Be asked to decide what to will look for
  • Pack for a trip or help loading the boot. What will fit?
  • Measure everything! “How far can you jump?” “How long is the desk?” “How tall are you?” “How tall is the dog?”
  • Compare steps, paces and hand spans with metric units of length
  • Find and read large numbers in the local environment
  • Explore online maps, sat navigational directions for planning a trip
  • Look at architecture and buildings: shapes, symmetry, patterns, size and proportion
Games and sports
During games and sports, children:
  • Investigate scoring in different sports, and identify any patterns
  • Complete jigsaw puzzles and discuss different strategies: shape, colour matching, etc.
  • Play different variations of games, such as darts, cricket, and dominoes
  • Record results as lists, tables, graphs or other forms of records
  • Explore orienteering
  • Identify the strategies that underpin different games, such as, chess, noughts and crosses, and Yahtzee
  • Investigate your Fitbit dashboard information
  • Explore Geocaching
  • Explore how percentages are calculated in sporting table
Geocaching: Where’s the numeracy?
  • Geocaching involves:
  • Measurement and Geometry;
  • Location and Geometric reasoning;
  • Distance
  • Direction
  • Compass points
  • Co-ordinates
  • Angles
  • Mapping (read, follow, plan trips, draw, using scale)
  • Data representation and interpretation
  • Analysing data
  • Interpreting data displays.

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