Make Maths Magical

Maths is not normally a favourite subject from school days imageand if you were like me not many memories about it are particularly pleasant! This may well be true, but it is so important to not put your little learners off the subject, but instead display a positive attitude. There are so many ways in which you can aid Maths at home, which I’ve shared in the past, but I thought this time I’d create a resource list of helpful bits and bobs to expand those mathematical brains further.

  • Create a number washing line to have as a visual display. Draw, paint or decorate numbers to peg on and use for number recognition, counting forwards & backwards or play ‘What’s the missing number?’ when a number thief steals a number card off the washing line.
  • Number Line/100 square: create a simple number line to use as a visual aid for all aged children. A 100 square is also a very useful visual aid for children working with larger numbers. Lots available online for you to print out or make one to help with writing numbers.
  • Flashcards: brilliant for number recognition, ordering numbers, matching pairs, hide & seek numbers or number snap. So many different options out there, but we particularly like the Ladybird version available on Amazon for £6.99 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Ladybird-Early-Learning-flash-cards/dp/140930275X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1489090550&sr=8-1&keywords=ladybird+number+flash+cards
  • Counters: you do not need fancy counters, use any objects at all for counting with. Cheerios, pastas, bricks, pencils, buttons etc all make great counting buddies.
  • Calendar: great for introducing time concepts by talking about days of the week and months of the year. Share your diaries or calendars with children to show them how a week, month or year is made up.
  • Shoes & Socks: brilliant for teaching about pairs, counting in 2’s and odds and evendoor numberss.
  • Tape measures, rulers, measuring jugs & scales: great for playing around with to measure/weigh items, talk about units of measurement, how we measure things and the language associated with lengths and measure.
  • Songs: so many songs use numbers so enjoy some singing together.
  • Books: lots of first picture books include numbers in their stories so enjoy sharing these stories together and highlighting the numbers.
  • Coins: let children have access to coins for number/coin recognition, for playing shops with or simply for putting in and out of a money box or wallet/purse, which is a favourite activity for Master L.
  • Shapes: spot shapes wherever you are, talk about their names and properties.
  • Puzzles & Games: a huge range out there and a fun way for children to gauge concepts. As ever Orchard Toys have a superb range, available in many shops, through Amazon or directly http://www.orchardtoys.com You can often find games in supermarkets too, so have a look.
  • Playing Cards: can be used for number recognition, matching amounts to numbers,  to make number sentences, snap and times tables.
  • Magnets: number recognition, making number lines, ordering numbers or use to make number sentences.  maths-app
  • Apps: there are so many out there to choose from, but my absolute number 1 favourite for school aged children is Maths Primary- buy the whole bundle as its brilliant and links with the UK Maths curriculum.