What to do with this activity?
Getting a bit of maths practice with a phone app game can be an enjoyable way for your child to pass the time during a long journey, or at any time.
There is a free app called Math Bingo for Android smartphones, or a free app for iphones called Math Splash Bingo.
Make sure to choose levels at which your child can succeed. For instance, on Math Bingo start with "addition" and "easy". The aim is to increase confidence through success, and learn from a small number of mistakes.
By the way, what we call "maths" or "sums" in Ireland, the Americans call "math".
Why am I doing this?
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.
How can I do more?
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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