What to do with this activity?
- When you are buying something new for the house, ask your child to help you take measurements. For example, ask them to measure the space you have for a new piece of furniture. Bring the tape measure to the shop and ask questions that will help develop their maths, such as “Will it fit the space?”.
- Involve your child in DIY around the house. For example measuring and estimating for curtains, tiles or woodwork and when re-arranging furniture.
- Measure the height of everyone in your family, and keep tabs on how people grow.
Maths makes sense to children when they use it in everyday life - like measuring things, working out distances, estimating food for dinner or money for groceries. The more opportunities you give your child to use the maths they learn at school through everyday activities the more they will understand and enjoy working with numbers.
Discuss maths that you see around you. For example, talk about sales in shops – half price, 25% off, what is good value? Or how much will the item cost after the discount?
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