Making maths fun

Talking about numbers in everyday situations helps your child develop numeracy.

Counting buttons or discussing time, distance or sorting things with your child lets them become familiar with mathematic concepts in everyday situations.

Children enjoy hands-on learning. Getting involved in measuring ingredients for baking, counting out steps or objects they can see and playing games with numbers shows children how maths is relevant in real life.

Play-based learning creates the opportunity for your child to practice and learn new skills as they explore ideas. Playing card games and board games with you, their friends and their family, helps your child develop mathematical, problem solving, language and social skills.

Finding maths everywhere

  • record your child’s height on a chart
  • play shops (with prices written on items to practice counting and addition)
  • play guessing games with weight, distance or height of things around the home
  • talk about ages of family members
  • count steps, toys, items of clothes on the line, trees and other objects
  • go on a number hunt in your neighbourhood (car registration, house numbers, power poles etc)

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Image Children using colourful number flashcards learn numeracy foundations at an early years service

Published — 10 October 2016 Last updated — 31 October 2016