Author: Marcus Garret
Play is not just something that children do for fun. Play is in fact a great way for students to discover early concepts in maths.
Here are 5 ways to explore maths concepts through play:
- Play with blocks (such as Lego) and create your own designs – discuss which block will be needed to complete the build
- Play board games or card games and talk about the numbers – what do I need to roll to win the game or which card do I need to win?
- Play barrier games (use a large book as a screen between you) where one person draws something (or makes an object) and then must give instructions so the other person can draw or create the same thing – the focus is on given directions
- Share a device – rather than letting your child play a game alone on a device find a game or puzzle that can be done together and discuss strategies
- Teach your child a game that you loved to play as a child – once they have mastered your game ask your child to teach you a new game.
For more ideas about ways to use play to explore ideas in maths check out the resources below.
Links and Resources:
- Finding the Maths
- Want your child to succeed in mathematics? Play with them
- Check out this video from Neil deGrasse Tyson about ‘How to Raise Smarter Children’