5 ways to keep your children occupied this half term

February 18, 2016 — Leave a comment

While the children may be off school for a week, it doesn’t mean that we can’t still be keeping their minds active. Inspired by Rob Eastaway’s Maths on the Go, here are 5 ways you can keep the kids both occupied and learning:


  1. On your marks, get set, bake! When making a cake, ask your child to help you with measuring out ingredients. If you need to measure 450 grams of flour for your cookies, ditch the measuring glass and give your child a 200 ml mug, and let them work out how much they need to scoop out. If you need 100 grams of yoghurt for a recipe, what percentage of the tub do they need to spoon in?


  1. Got any loose change? Ask your child to make you £1 out of the coins in your purse, and then encourage them to find a different way to make the same amount. They can also work out how much change you have total, and how much you’d need to reach a set figure.


  1. How many shapes can you see? When out and about, draw your child’s attention to surrounding buildings and landmarks and encourage them to spot the shapes used to make them. A perfect opportunity to work on both 2D and 3D shapes.


  1. Remember how much fun could be had with a Spirograph? Get some basic shapes with a regular pencil for your kids to fill in, then let them get creative. Try to give them as much freedom as possible (while making sure any pointy bits are safely handled) – it’s okay to be a little messy with the figures, your children will find out soon enough how to make the most of what they’ve got.


  1. Are we there yet? For those long car journeys, make sure the tablets are fully charged and get your children to work their way through DoodleMaths tasks. The app doesn’t need to be connected to the internet for them to power their way through and earn plenty of DoodleStars!


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