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Fun ways to teach you child Maths, while having fun

Top Tips for Teaching your child maths

Making learning maths fun is far easier than you think, in fact, you can do it every day without changing your routine that much.  Our top tips are below

 

1.     The supermarket is maths heaven

Turn the weekly chore of going to the supermarket into a maths lesson

- Understanding which products are more and less expensive than others

- Adding the amounts of different products

- Understanding weights in the Vegetable and Fruit section

- Understanding different sizes in the Squash or Milk section

- Multiplication if you purchase more than one of an item

- Counting money and change at the till

- Learning percentages with the supermarket colour coding on the front of packets

- Teach them budgeting by giving them items to buy and a budget (£5)

 

2.     The best excuse to watch sport ever

Yes – You can watch whatever sport you like and tell your partner that you are in fact teaching your child maths!

- Adding – You can count almost anything, from players, points, passes but good sports for adding are  Snooker, Cricket and darts (the latter is great for multiplication)

- Measures (Distances, height, speed) – Athletics, horse racing, motor sport and cycling are all great for this

- Time – The amount of time elapsed, how much time left and how much time is in each half/the whole game

- Fractions – Football and Rugby are halves, Ice Hockey is thirds, American football is quarters

 

3.     Satisfy your need to compete and win – Family game time

You don’t have to spend 3 hours playing Monopoly, there are loads of classic games that help learn maths skills – Even better they are almost all online as well now so you can play anywhere

- Yatze – A classic numbers based game that helps with adding and multiplication

- Card games – From simple games like finding pairs of cards, to more advanced games like solitaire or “round the clock”, they teach numbers and number logic – Great on holiday!

- Dominoes - Learning numbers, matching and sequencing

- Uno – A personal family favourite of ours, teaches counting, number logic and making the person to your left pick up lots of cards

 There are literally 100’s of maths board games available at Amazon so just go on and search maths board Games

 

4.     Be a “cool” parent - Let them play with their food

Ok this one will divide parents as it could be a recipe for disaster with some children (pun intended) but food is a great opportunity to do some maths

- Mealtimes – Cutting things up into factions, counting your potatoes, cutting out shapes - Whatever you can think of

- Sweets are easily the best way to teach numbers, fractions and percentages – Smarties or Skittles are great for this

- Restaurants are great places to talk about prices, portions, weights and measures etc

 

5.     Get yourself some quiet time – Use maths “Apps”

There are loads of apps that teach great maths skills that will allow you some quiet time, we especially recommend these for long journey’s.  Some our favourites are:

Kids Academy – Helps young children to recognise and write numbers

EduGuru Maths – Helps with counting, adding, subtraction, number recognition and ordering

Math Bingo – Helps children learn to add, subtract, multiply and divide through a bingo-based game
Squeebles Multiplication – Collect characters and defeat monsters using your maths skills

Mr Thorne – Learning multiplication, times tables, decimals and fractions – With multiple levels can really help a child progress with their learning

Let's Do Mental Maths – AN app that allows children 5-11 years old practice and learn mental maths.  Linked to the national curriculum and offering practice quizzes

Mathletics Student – One of the most recommended by teachers across the UK, Mathletics I a subscription-based, online system for learning maths

BBC Bitesize Maths – Lots of free maths games for all ages