What to do with this activity?
1. Involve your child in making a shopping list. See how much money is needed.
2. In the supermarket:
- Ask your child to find things for you;
- Let them use the picture weighing scales for fruit and vegetables;
- Let them count items for you, for instance ask them to “Put 6 oranges in the trolley”.
3. Give your child money to pay for some items.
4. Let your child see you scan items, pay by card and check change at automatic cash desks in the supermarket.
5. Talk about where money comes from and how you pay for things with it.
6. When you get home, have a look at the receipt together and see which things cost more, and what the total was.
Children learn numbers and maths in a natural way through play and everyday activities. It’s different to school and should always be fun and practical – that way your child will enjoy working with numbers.
Your child also develops a sense of patterns and what time means in everyday life. This is important for helping your child to manage everyday activities – going places, how long they have to wait and understanding when things will happen in the future.
Talking about numbers helps your child’s fluency in counting, estimating and understanding numbers and money in everyday life. It takes time for children to understand addition and subtraction so use objects when helping them understand this or when doing their homework.
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