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Making Maths Meaningful

Making Maths MeaningfulMaking maths meaningful and fun can be as simple as heading outside with a measuring tape and chalk.

Aunt Lou’s Cockatoo Board Game

Aunt Lou's Board Game
If you’re looking for a new maths game to play with your children, try Aunt Lou’s Cockatoo Board Game which you can print for FREE.

Reading Outside The Book

Reading Outside the BookWhen it comes to teaching children to read, we need to think of reading outside the book.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE books … especially really well crafted children’s books. In fact, I cherish going to the library in the hope that I’ll find another treasure to devour with my boys. When the boys grow older and are no longer drawn to picture books, I’m sure you’ll still find me lurking in the children’s book section! What can I say, I love picture books!

However, reading is more than ‘books’ alone.

Extension Activities for Fly

Extension Activities for Fly
Here are some extension activities for Fly … as in Fly from the story “It’s A Bad Day To Be A Fly!”

These extenstion activites have been designed to help your child gain the most out of his/her reading experience with this story. The extension activities include art, maths and language experiences and provide plenty of variety for hours of enjoyment.

Measure that Treasure

Measure That TreasureMeasure That Treasure is a treasure hunt game in which children need to locate and measure different items within the environment.
The objective is to locate, measure and record one item for each measurement on the Measure That Treasure Record Sheet, which you’re welcome to download.

Twelve Up Dice Game

Twelve Up Dice GameThe Twelve Up Dice Game is a game for children, and adults, which is heaps of fun to play. It focuses strongly on addition and is a wonderful way to strengthen maths skills. We love playing this game. In fact, I can’t tell you how many times we’ve played it because we’ve played so frequently. Enough rambling! Here’s how to play …

Race Track Additions

Race Track Additions
Race Track Additions is a non-competitive game which is easy to set up and is great for encouraging children to use addition.

It uses materials you have at home, is inexpensive and a fun way to engage children in maths! What more could we ask for? Enjoy!

How Many Eggs?

How Many Eggs?
“How Many Eggs?” is a dice game based on the story, “Farmer Blake and Sneaky Snake”.

In the story, Farmer Blake and Sneaky Snake, Sneaky Snake slithers into the hen house at night and gobbles eggs silently.

The next day, the hens lay more eggs.

This is an arrangement Sneaky Snake is happy with however the hens are of a different opinion and take matters into their own hands … I mean … becks!

Anyway, back to the game … this dice game reinforces the maths skills of addition and subtraction.

Sneaky Snake Dice Game

Sneaky Snake Dice Game
Games are a great way to learn maths which is why we created the Sneaky Snake Dice Game.

The Sneaky Snake Dice Game is based on the story, Farmer Blake and Sneaky Snake and is designed to encourage children to have fun while adding numbers.

Floor Maths

Floor MathsThe floor is such a valuable place to display maths number lines and activities for children. Children have easy access to the floor and can see any displays with ease. As they have to use the floor to move from area to area, the chances of children seeing the maths displays increase dramatically as opposed to maths projects which are displayed on walls above children’s heads.

Go Fish Totals 10

Go Fish Totals 10
Go Fish Totals 10 is a card game we’ve been playing lately which our youngest loves. It’s a fun way to get children involved in simple addition.

The aim of the game is to match pairs of cards so that they total 10.

The game uses a pack of playing cards with all the kings, queens, jacks and jokers removed. For young children, we also found it helpful to provide an abacus.

The Shapes Drawing Game

Shapes Drawing GameI loved playing this shapes drawing game with the boys. It was a great way to start our school day as it allowed everyone time to sit down, turn on the creative side of our brains and begin focusing for the day.

The aim of this shapes drawing game is to cooperatively build up a drawing based on a particular shape. The end product is the work of multiple players with everyone having had a turn at adding to the design.

Shape Creatures

Shape CreaturesShape Creatures is a quick & easy children’s activity which combines art & maths. It’s a non-messy, open-ended fun activity with FREE printables. Children use numerous skills when creating their shape creatures.

The Maths Squares Game

The Maths Squares GameThe Maths Squares Game is a simple maths game which makes reviewing maths problems fun.

While we are currently focusing on addition, the game could also be adapted to review different maths concepts your child is learning (e.g., subtraction, multiplication or division).

Leaf Sorting Activity

Leaf SortingThe aim of this activity, Leaf Sorting, is to encourage children to sort leaves into different categories according to size, colour, texture and shape. The activity promotes a wide range of skills include fine motor, cognitive and creative. It also encompasses science, maths and language. All this and it’s fun as well!

Pirate Ship Grid Game

The Pirate Ship Grid GameThe Pirate Ship Grid Game is really easy and quick to set up. It’s great for introducing children to the mathematical skill of reading and using grids.0″/

The Objective of the game is for one player to locate the position of another player’s pirate ship by asking if the ship is positioned at different grid coordinates. Here you’ll find both the instructions and a free printable pirate ship grid.

Homemade Lego Listening Game

Homemade Lego Listening GameThis homemade Lego listening game is SO easy to organise and is very versatile. The level of challenge or difficulty can be changed very quickly to suit the abilities of your child.

The objective of the game is for one player to arrange his/her blocks in exactly the same design/pattern as the other player.

The catch is that players cannot see each others’ blocks/board but must rely only on verbal instructions only.

Nerf Gun Maths Game

Nerf Gun Maths Game
The Nurf Gun Maths Game is an activity that the boys took to with huge enthusiasm. In fact, when I said, “Bring your Nurf guns so we can play this maths game”, the boys came charging through the house at a speed never before recorded.

While I’d love to say the boys came running because I had a maths game, I’m pretty sure it was because I said the words ‘game’ & ‘Nurf guns’ in the same sentence.

Engaging children through their interests is definitely a way to inspire curiosity and learning. I’m sure the creators of Nurf guns didn’t have children’s mathematical skills in mind when they created these toys, but the Nurf guns certainly worked well for this purpose today.

So hooray for Nurf guns … or at least the enthusiasm with which the boys engaged in maths today.

42 Gardening Activities for Children

Gardening Activities for ChildrenGardening with children is very rewarding. There are so many things that children can learn through gardening. In fact, gardening activities can be used to cover a wide range of the curriculum, including science, maths, language (speaking, reading and writing) and art.

Even very young children can garden to some extent. Some of the activities listed have been undertaken by 2, 3 & 4 yr olds (with some adult assistance). You’re never too young … or too old … to enjoy the pleasures of a garden.