There are 3 different leaflets to download below, depending on which maths skills your child is working on. You can choose whether to download a PDF or word version of each leaflet.
These activities are suggested to support your child or young person if they are working towards early maths skills such as:
- Recognising numbers and quantities to ten
- Saying which number is one more or one less than a given number to 10
- Using objects to support adding and subtracting up to ten
For more ideas…
Maths leaflet 1 (PDF)
Maths leaflet 1 (word)
- Pair socks when washing, pair gloves, shoes etc. and count in twos. When making sandwiches counting in 2s for each sandwich made.
- Talk about ‘half, whole, full, empty’ in everyday contexts e.g. Make some sandwiches and cut off the crusts to make a clear square shape from your slices of bread. Help your child to slice up the sandwiches and talk about the shapes. Cut the sandwich in half to make two rectangles. Cut it diagonally into half and you get two triangles!
- Choose some food items out of the cupboard. Try to put the objects in order of weight, by feel alone, but don’t expect your child to read scales.
- Play shops, making up prices and using coins, modelling comments e.g. that costs more than that.
- Play simple board games where your child moves a game piece from one position to the next.
These activities are suggested to support your child or young person if they are working towards developing the skills to:-
- Recognise and write numbers up to 100
- To add/subtract ten from a given number using their knowledge of place value
- Use number facts to 20 to solve related facts up to 100
- Add and subtract any 2 two digit numbers and explaining their method verbally, in pictures or using apparatus
- Recall multiplication facts for the 2, 5 and 10 multiplication tables and use them to solve simple problems and related division facts
For more ideas…
Maths leaflet 2 (PDF)
Maths leaflet 2 (WORD)
- Play number spotting games at home, look for numbers on packages, clocks, coins, who has the biggest/smallest, most/least, which are odd/even, what is the difference
- Playing simple board games which involve counting on, back and number recognition.
- Play games such as Top Trumps. Play card games e.g. Uno
- Add the total of cutlery at the table. If they had double the number of people how many spoons etc. would they need?
- Use playing cards put them in order from largest to smallest by counting the shapes (hearts, spades) or using the numbers on the cards.
- Write the answers on pieces of paper and place them on the floor. Get a friend/family member to call out the questions and jump onto the correct answer! (ask an adult to check that this is safe – try to avoid slippery floors).
- Talk about the numbers you encounter “5 x 8 = 40 that’s mummy’s age” , “3 x 5 = 15 that’s our house number” . . . this makes more memory hooks. Focus on relevant times tables for your child.
- One ladybird has 6 spots, how many spots would two ladybirds have? Ten ladybirds?
These activities are suggested to support your child or young person if they are working towards developing the skills to:
- Read, write, order and compare numbers up to 10 000 000 including negative numbers
- Use estimation to check answers to calculations
- Perform mental calculations, including with mixed operations
- Use their knowledge of the order of operations to carry out calculations
- Solve multi-step problems, deciding which operations and methods to use and explain why
- Multiply and divide numbers up to 4 digits by a two-digit whole number
- Identify common factors, common multiples and prime numbers
For more ideas…
Maths leaflet 3 (PDF)
Maths leaflet 3 (word)
- Explore larger numbers. Look at space, the planets e.g. distance from earth.
- Negotiate increases in pocket money as percentages. For example, a 5% increase would be how much money per week? Encourage your child to save a percentage of their pocket money or birthday money and work out how much this would be. For example, how much money would you have if you saved 40% each week?
- Calculate together how much a mobile phone costs per month. How much is spent on messages and how much on phone calls?
- Find a seven-day forecast then record the actual temperature for each day and compare. What were the similarities and differences? Use the information on the weather website to explore differences in weather from your area to others.
- Support your child to estimate (guess) how many there are as well as count e.g. how many seeds in the pack and how many stars in the sky.
- Discuss how you would double a recipe. Encourage your child to record the new measurements for the recipe. Estimate the cost to buy all the ingredients to make the recipe.
- Raise awareness of perimeter and area – if you have a slabbed area in your garden, how many slabs fit around the edge? How many cover the whole area? if you are starting a tiling job in your bathroom or you wish to make someone a patchwork quilt you could ask similar questions.