Lockdown has changed schooling. Finding new ways to teach children at home can be tricky. Especially with maths. Here are a few games and activities to mix up the maths practise:
The Floor Game
Have a set of number cards or write numbers on paper, card, napkins etc. Scatter them around the floor (or even around the house). Ask your child a question and get them find the right answer as quickly as possible.
‘Spot the Time’
Time can be a tricky thing to learn for children. Why not get your child to come and tell you when the minute hand and hour hand are in a certain position or when it is a certain time on a digital clock. They could ‘win’ a prize or a treat if they tell you at the exact time!
Children do the Teaching!
If you’re brave enough, let the children test you! You could do this as a quick fire quiz, how many correct answers in a minute. Children love to ‘trick’ adults, so you could encourage them to give you a really tough question.
Times Tables Treats
Why not try linking times tables to food. When it’s snack time, your child could answer a times table question, and that’s how many slices of apple or pieces of chocolate that they get to eat. Food and maths makes a great combination!
Who am I?
Similar to the game where you have a post-it on your head and have to guess which celebrity you are, you could play this with times tables. Your child would have to work out what times table their answer is from and could also work out what calculation would be needed to make that answer. You could play this game where the number doesn’t link to times tables, but helps with place value. For example, asking questions like:
‘Does my number have 2 tens?’
‘Is my number between 20 and 50?’
Times Tables Around the House
Use objects from around the house to answer times tables questions. For example:
2 times table – Pairs of socks, or pair up anything!
3 times table – Some cupcake baking tins have arrays in sets of 3, use a knife, fork and spoon as a group of 3.
4 times table – Use the legs on a chair or forks to count in fours.
5 times table – Fingers and toes
For the larger times tables, from 6x to 12x, you could use anything. From cotton wool balls to pencils, teddy bears to Lego bricks. Almost any household object could be used for maths!
I started my teaching journey as a teaching assistant, whilst studying for my degree with the Open University in my spare time. I passed my teaching qualification in 2017, and I have never looked back. I am now maths subject leader at my school, which is both scary and exciting! Yes – maths can be exciting, I promise! I have also been Staedtler Teachers’ Club Ambassador for the past year, which is great fun! I can safely say I love this job. I have a very positive outlook to teaching. The role comes with many mountains to climb, but I will always be the one to spot the funny shaped boulder along the way! There are two quotes that I like to remind myself of when things feel tough: ‘Don’t forget to have fun!’ and ‘The road to success is always under construction’. When I’m not being ‘Miss Sattin’, I like to keep active, go to the cinema, annoy my two ragdoll cats and ensure I keep up to date with the latest episode of Casualty.