I don’t know about you but when I left school I thought ‘Great I am never going to have to do Maths school work again’ well I didn’t think very hard about that did I. I had 3 kids that all have needed Maths help over the years!
We have tried a few things to help kids with Maths over the years, so I thought I would pass on our ideas and things we’ve used.
Things We Use To Help Kids With Maths
Fiddly Maths Toys
One of my daughters is very active, she hates to sit still for very long and would much prefer to sit with something in her hands to help her sit still! So I found these great mathematical magnet toy, with 6 magnetic discs you can change them all around to create sums.
They also have been using items like number cubes, and fraction blocks these are lovely visual items that they can use with their hands. Also number lines are great, I also spotted this great large number line mat that you can use on the floor to jump from! Mine would have loved that when they were just learning about numbers.
Making It Fun With Numbalee
Making learning fun is a big thing. Schools don’t always have time to teach all the kids something in a fun style. So this is when we can come in. We were sent Numbalee, a brand new tiles based game that all the family can play. It is aimed at 6+, I have a 13 year old son and a set of 8 year old twins, and they all would be suited for this. As well as being able to play it as a family too. I need my Math skills brushed up on!
What I loved about this game is how many different games you can play in it, there is 12 games to choose from, which ranges from 1-8 players. The first game we played was basically like scrabble with numbers. It got my kids really thinking about their Maths skills, creating sums and problem solving.
Prompts Around The Home
I found that my kids absorb information even when they don’t think they are learning. Popping up times table posters or post it notes around the house really helps. On the back of the bathroom door in front of the toilet is a good one!
How about signing times tables songs?! I don’t mean those boring ones you had to reel off over and over again when we were kids. MathsRockx is an app that has times tables in pop songs! Songs that the kids know and love.
Ask The Teenager……
When I asked Tyler what he likes to use for his Maths practice……..a Brain and a Calculator!
So is there anything you love using to help kids with Maths?
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