Age Range: F-6
Author: Cassandra Lowry
Toys and games are a great way to investigate different areas of mathematics with your child. You do not need to purchase special toys or games that have a specific maths focus, instead you may just simply need to look at some of the toys and games you already have from a different perspective.
- Estimate then count the number of toys in the box
- Use blocks to create different representations of numbers – How many ways can I show 10 using blocks?
- Make a racetrack and predict which car will come first, second, etc.
- Use location words to describe the position of toys
- Play board games such as Snakes and Ladders and allow players to decide whether to move forwards or backwards each time they roll, i.e. to avoid a snake or reach a ladder
- Use playing cards or dominoes to look for or create number patterns
- Build towers or paths with cards or dominoes – How many cards/dominoes did you use? How high was the tower? How long was the path?
- Compare statistics on collectible cards
More information about possible maths investigations that involve toys and games can be found in the document below.
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