Maths in the Holidays

Please also see the Maths puzzle page.

In the kitchen

Bake a cake:

  • Getting a sense for measurements: for example discuss before weighing how much they expect 100g sugar to be
  • Half, double or triple a recipe
  • Look at the time and calculate when it has to come out of the oven
  • Have a guess at how many millilitres different pots and jugs can hold, then measure and order according to size.
  • Take opportunities to discuss weights written on packets of foods and what they mean in grams and kilograms.

  • Make a cocktail:

  • for example for a Rainbow punch mix orange juice, grapefruit juice and lime juice in the ratio 3:2:1 and top up with soda water as desired. For younger children this could mean measuring with a shot glass, for older children in millilitres or even thinking about how much of each is needed to make 2 litres etc.

  • Estimation:

  • Estimate the weight of various pieces of fruit and vegetables
  • Sport

  • Football: how much of match time is left to score a goal?
  • Cricket: run score, overs, number of runs needed per over to win
  • Darts
  • Snooker
  • Garden game Molkky (mix of strategy and luck, adding number 1-12 up to 50)
  • Games

  • Monopoly, the version with money NOT with credit card
  • Battleships
  • Snakes and ladders
  • Shut the box (dice game for 2 or more players age 4+)
  • Rummikub ( game for 2-4 players age 7+)
  • Plyt (a game that can be played at different levels at the same time and thus be for the whole family age 5+, lots of variations of the rules can be found on their website)
  • Rush Hour (Traffic Jam logic game, Jr for ages 5 and up, normal version for ages 8 and up)
  • Orchard games have a wide range of fun games for the early years
  • Any memory games and puzzles
  • Apps

    The following apps have been mentioned on various “best of” websites

  • Math Bingo (£2.99). You can choose a level for your child to play on and practise addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. With the different levels suitable for Year 1-Year 6.
  • Let’s do Mental Maths for ages 5-6, 6-7 up to 10-11 (£3.99 each). These apps don’t stop at the basic arithmetic they also look at place value, fractions, time, measures and space.
  • Penguin Jump Maths (free). Maths drill game to practise addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
  • Websites

  • mathplayground.com various games for students up to Year 6.
  • transum.org Puzzles, games and investigations.
  • Anja LichtenauBSc PGCE
    • Head of Mathematics