Let’s make maths fun!

There are so many maths tasks you can do with items around the house! Here are some of my favourite activities:

Playing cards

  • For younger children, play snap when you get the same number
  • For younger children, roll a dice and find a matching playing card
  • Double the number
  • Double it and double it again!
  • Find different ways to make 12 using two/three/four cards
  • Find different ways to make 15 (link to Cribbage)
  • Choose two cards and add them together
  • Choose two cards, add them together, choose another two, add them together –> which pair is bigger?
  • Make a clock with the cards


  • Halving the recipe – so you cook for 2 people not 4
  • Doubling a recipe
  • Converting amounts – e.g. give them a recipe all in kg and they have to convert it to grams or vice versa
  • Measuring amounts accurately following a recipe – 400ml
  • Total time it takes to make something – time each part e.g. preparation, cooking time and work out the total time it takes
  • Weigh one banana – approximately, how much do you think 10 bananas would weigh?
  • If I need 50g of pasta per person, how many grams do I need for 7 people?


  • How many minutes in an hour? In half an hour? (for older children: how many minutes in a day, a week, a month?)
  • Count in 5’s round the clock face
  • How many seconds in a minute? In two, three? In one hour?
  • If I start maths at 10:00 and finish at 10:20, how many minutes is that?
  • I start a TV show at 10:15 and it finishes at 11:30, how many minutes is that? How many hours and minutes?


  • For younger children, roll the dice, add one, take away one (or use terms 1 less, 1 more)
  • Roll two dice, add them together
  • Roll 3 dice, add them together. Can you do it in your head? If not, how could you work it out?
  • Roll two dice – this becomes you tens and units number. E.g. if I roll a 2 and 3 my number is 23. Can you double it?


  • Make 6p in as many ways as you can
  • Make 24p in as many ways as you can. Can you set up a system to record this? Can you do it in an organised way?
  • If I spend £12.37 at the shop and pay with a £20 note, how much change do I get?
  • Create items for a shop (or get your child to do it – see Creative Learning Prompts) and label them with prices (e.g. up to 10p for Year 1, up to 20p Year 2… Year 6 will be £15.57). Find me two items I could buy for 16p… or 30p, or £50.
  • Probability and coins – (Year 5/6) Put different coins in the bag and record the probability of taking out a certain coin. Remember, this changes if you don’t put it back in.
  • Counting in 2’s, 5’s (using 2p coins, and 5p coins).
  • Start at 20p (made with 10 x 2p coins) and take away 2 coins each time, counting back until you get to 0

For activities – I love these problems – you have to download the whole pack! However, they are fun and worth printing to encourage mathematical conversations.

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