What to do with this activity?
Involve your child in DIY around the house. DIY stands for "do it yourself", and it usually means making or mending things around your home.
You may need help measuring or estimating area, for instance to find out:
- what space you have for new wall shelves;
- how long or wide the room is - measure it with the measuring tape, and multiply the length by the width to get the area;
- whether there is enough space for a new piece of furniture;
- how much paint you will need to paint a room, based on the area of the walls (height multiplied by width).
This gives your child the opportunity to practise and gain confidence in measuring and estimating - important maths skills.
Everyday activities, like shopping and taking journeys provide a great opportunity for your child to practise maths skills by recognising patterns, counting out amounts, working out the best value, weighing and understanding money or understanding timetables and estimating your time of arrival!
Estimating is a very useful maths skill for everyday life – helping you decide if you have enough money to pay for a number of items or enough paint to paint a room. Encourage your child to estimate, for example, how many potatoes you will need for dinner or how much money to buy the shopping.
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