We've seen a few of you doing lots of baking at home on EExAT! Cooking and baking is a fantastic way to learn different maths concepts. Measuring out ingredients, reading the numbers on the scales, timing how long to look it, even doubling and halving ingredients sometimes. Why not have a go at cooking something today and putting it up on EExAT to show us?
Matching & Sorting
Can you use your washing line at home to match and sort the socks? Emily's had a go at hers but she hadn't finished them all. I wonder how many matching pairs of socks you have at home?
Use an empty bottle to create your own bubbles. Do you remember when we did this at school? Try and find different size bottles to test out, you could even make a gigantic bubble blower with sticks and string like below. Mix up the bubble mixture from the recipe below, how big or small can you make your bubbles?
Bubble Mixture Ingredients (Basic Recipe)
Quantities based on 1 litre of water, but can easily be scaled up as required!
• 1 litre of tap water
Ideally, the water should be warm/room temperature rather than ice cold.
• 3 tbsp of Washing up liquid (Dish soap)
Fairy is best.
Extra ingredients to make stronger bubbles:
• Roughly 1 tsp of Glycerine
• 1/2 level tsp Baking Powder
Halves & Quarters
Look at the pictures below, find some leaves and cut them in half. Can you cut them exactly down the middle? What does half mean? Now you've made a mini jigsaw can you mix up your halved leaves and find the two matching sides. Are they symmetrical? What does symmetrical mean? Try and find some other things to do this with, I wonder if it works for fruit and flowers. Do you think you could challenge yourself to make it into quarters? Remember that means four equal pieces.
What number can they get up to? Above twenty?
Heavy & Light
Why not make your own set of scales? All you need is a hanger (hang it on a nail or door handle) and strong/boxes. Get your child to collect different items around the house and find out which is heavy/ light and how to make it balance! They could even write down what they find out.
Outdoor Maths Ideas
Why not try and take some maths learning outside today? Here are some ideas to get you started.
In your garden, or when you are out on a walk, collect stones, sticks or flowers and see what different shapes or child can make, and if they can name and describe them! They could even try and invent a new shape!
Think about collecting your plastic bottles and fill them with coloured water, or leave them empty. You can label with numbers or leave them blank, and use them with a ball outside for bowling. Get your child to count how many there are in total (a number above ten is best) and then how many they manage to knock down with the ball. This fantastic for subtraction and addition!
Measuring! Did you know that you can estimate the age of a tree by how big it's trunk is? I wonder what other things your child could measure, they could even record how tall or wide every plant is that they find! If you dont have a tape measure, why not help them make their own?
Outside and Inside Activities
We've got lots of ideas on here for different types of scavenger hunts you can do in your house and garden (see below). Remember learning doesn't have to be sitting at a table!
Why not challenge your child to find amounts of objects around the house? Use a timer on your phone to time them..."can you beat the timer? Go and find 8 socks..." Once they come back challenge them by asking what is one more, or one less than that number.
If you visit the park why don't you try and collect as many different leaves and flowers as possible!
Activities around the home:
How many pairs can you find?
Whose socks are the longest?
Whose socks are the shortest?
Who does the sock belong to?
How far can you make the go? Which car goes the furthest? Which car went the shortest distance? Why do you think the car went the furthest? Did the cars travel fast or slow?