Top Tips

Helping your child with Maths

Observer Staff


Observer Staff


Helping your child with Maths

Looking at the five strands of the maths curriculum - numbers, algebra, shape and space, measures and data, there are a number of top tips for helping your child with their maths…


-          How many toys are on the shelf? Estimate and then count them. This can be done with books, spoons, socks, anything in your house!

-          Make it more or less challenging by increasing or decreasing items to be counted, subtracted, multiplied or divided.

-          Use counting rhymes and stories – ‘one, two buckle my shoe’ or ‘Ten green bottles’

-          Solve everyday problems – how many pillowcases do I need for your bed? / Granny and Grandad are coming for dinner, how many places will I set at the table?



-          Line up cereal boxes, cups, tins and jars from the store cupboard and put them in order of largest to smallest

-          At the table look at the surface area of plates to see which is larger; which one do they want for dinner? Why?

-          Estimate and then count the number of steps to bed at night. Do you think the number will increase or decrease if I take bigger/smaller steps tomorrow night?

-          Get baking and learn about the quantities of each ingredient – are they aware of both metric and imperial units?

-          Estimate how much milk the family will need for the week


Shape and Space

-          Play I spy in the car and give clues that reference shape and size of road signs, houses, buildings, trees, etc.

-          Give directions for everyday tasks e.g. look for the book – is it under, over, on top of, behind something. Make sure they answer you using the correct vocabulary.


-          Look and point out patterns in paving, tiles, clothing, wallpaper. What is pattern – how would you describe it?

-          Create physical patterns – clap, clap, stomp, stomp, what will come next?

-          Get the Lego box out and make patterns, asking children to continue it.



-          Ask them to categorise their belongings, for example, electronic toys/building toys/soft toys/books, etc.… Why did you categorise them that way?

-          Divide toys by colour, size, shape, texture.

-          Create a calendar to keep track of the weather/temperature each day, gathering the results at the end of a week or month