Discovering numbers, letters and calculations is not always very fun for kids, especially if they are being taught maths using boring, old fashioned methods in school. You can make maths fun, by creating simple activities that engage them, developing their maths skills, often without them even realising it. Here are a few ideas to get you going, 1 2 3 GO!
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Drawer circles onto a piece of paper by tracing around a paper cup. Fill the circles with their number in order. Number the paper cups onto the base. Your child has to match the numbers.
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Using cardboard, create little equations and hide the answer. By mixing acrylic paint and PVA glue you can scratch away to show the answer when they get it right.
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On a piece of paper drawer a pretty caterpiller, with 5 circles for his body, numbering them 1 to 5. Cut out 5 colourful circles and number each one. Your child can then learn the numbers by placing them onto the body, matching the same number as on the body. As the child gets bigger you can increase the size of the caterpiller.
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Create eggs, by cutting out of foam paper, eggs in different colours. Make the eggs into a puzzle by cutting the top off, which each one being different. Number each egg and on the base of the egg, drawer the number of dots for that numbered egg. Your child has to match the top half to the bottom half of the egg.
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Using a cardboard box or a pizza box, creating a car park with numbered parking spaces. Stick a number on each car. You kid has to park the car in the correct parking space.
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Number the different pots from 1 to 20 and ask your children to put the number of beans into the correct pot.