What to do with this activity?
Encourage your child to help you with the big weekly shop in the supermarket.
1) Ask your child to help you write a list of items you need to buy.
2) In the shop, ask your child to find things for you.
3) Let your child use the picture weighing scales for fruit and vegetables.
4) Let them count items for you, as in “Put 6 oranges in the trolley, please.”
5) Discuss with your child how much an item costs and compare prices. Ask them to find the cheapest product per kilo.
6) Let your child tick off the items from your shopping list as you add them to your basket.
7) Ask your child to make an estimate on the total cost of all your items. They might enjoy using a calculator for this.
8) Give your child money to pay for some items. This will help your child to understand the value of money, and how to spend it wisely.
Why am I doing this?
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!
How can I do more?
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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