Some children enjoy learning maths the traditional way; textbooks, times tables and so on. But that’s only one way to approach this learning area. Here are some ideas for approaching maths through everyday activities.
Think about projects your child can tackle
Maths is found in a range of projects and activities. Does your family have a project that could be woven into your child’s learning?
For example, if you grow vegetables in your garden, maths activities for your child could include:
- measuring and drawing a map of the backyard and the garden
- budgeting for, sourcing and buying supplies and materials
- using measuring tools to build a garden bed and plant crops
- recording the growth of the plants and the weather conditions through graphs and data tables
- measuring quantities of crops by weight and volume
- measuring the results of experiments for improving growth.
Projects like these can cover a variety of learning areas. The above example also addresses the arts and sciences.
Think about maths in everyday life
Use practical, everyday activities to support your child’s numeracy development. For example:
- compare prices and nutritional information when grocery shopping, perhaps you need to calculate a percentage
- cook using numeric processes like measuring in fractions, counting ingredients or multiplying and dividing recipes
- explore time signatures and patterns in music
- tally and graph activities like laps of the swimming pool
- use regular trips to estimate and compare distance and speed.
Try online resources
There are many websites offering free maths teaching and learning resources.
You could start by looking at the Victorian Department of Education and Training’s Numeracy Portal, which brings together a range of resources, activities and programs:
For more ideas, check out our list of free online maths resources: