Maths is something I have always enjoyed which led to me becoming a secondary school maths teacher. I don’t push mathematics with my eldest daughter as I think it is important for them to develop their own curiosity at 3. I will show her money, how to count small quantities and basic number recognition but that is as much as we have done. If she asks to know more, I naturally feed her curiosity, but that being said, she is approaching the age where guidance is required. (She is just 3 and will attend school next academic year).
It is important as much as possible to allow them to explore through a range of fun activities. They are like a sponge so are usually very receptive. I love to teach through games as much as possible, as it is much more engaging.
This is a game I use up to GCSE level. Obviously the content questions reflect the academic ability of the players. These can be made as easy or as hard as you’d like, and can cover a huge range of topics.
If you’ve never played this game before, it is simple (you may have played this as a child where you initialled the boxes you won).
Here is how to play;
Players take it in turns to place a line between two dots. These can only be drawn horizontally or vertically (no diagonal lines allowed). The aim is to complete a box, the player who completes the box will answer the question. If they answer the question correctly, they win the content value i.e. 2+2, they win 4 points. The player with the most points at the end wins. If you’re playing with older children, you may want to get tactical!
These are just a few examples of topics that can be used;
- Basic number
- Simple addition
- Simple subtraction
- Advanced versions of the ones above
- Times tables
Here are a few sample ones I have created;
The dotted paper can easily be found on Google, simply print and input your chosen questions for them to answer. Enjoy playing around creating new versions, you may find they want to create the questions too.
Mathematics – The only subject that counts!