What to do with this activity?
Involve your child in the weekly big shop in the supermarket. For instance,
1) Write the shopping list with your child' s help.
2) In the supermarket, ask your child to help you get the best value. For example: "Is buying 3 tins of tomatoes better value than buying 1 tin?". Help your child to spot marketing tricks (don’t assume buying a bigger quantity is always cheaper).
3) Bring a calculator and get them to total up the shopping bill as you go along.
Give your child opportunities to buy things on their own, such as milk or bread at the local shop. Make sure they check their change. Occasionally, give them the responsibility for buying bigger items. This could be a present for a friend. Suggest they look for good value and stay within budget. They could check prices on the internet beforehand.
Discuss the cost of things with your child - for example phone credit, downloading music or apps, or after-school activities. This builds your child’s awareness of money and how you need to manage it in your life.
Why am I doing this?
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.
How can I do more?
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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