As parents, there are many ways to help your child in the area of Maths. By using Maths language in everyday situations, you can support the work being done in school:

• Try to include some of the ideas below in your daily routines.
• Try to make Maths fun at home.
• Sing songs, recite rhymes and read stories that have a number in them.
• Simple dot to dot puzzle books and games such as Snakes and Ladders are great ways of practising number order.

## Helping at home

• Match socks into pairs.
• Let your child help with the cooking. Ask them to get 2 eggs etc. Let them help with measuring.
• Count objects.
• Separate the coloured/white clothes before using the washing machine.
• Separate clothing into correct piles- Mum/Dad/each child etc.
• Separate objects into correct categories- put all the tin cans/cups/ spoons together etc.
• Encourage your child to sort his/her toys into groups- red/blue bricks, big/small teddies etc.

### Calendar

• What day of the week is it? Today is……
• What day was yesterday?
• What day will it be tomorrow?
• What month is it?
• How many days in a week?
• Let’s say the months of the year.
• What season is it?
• Can you name all the seasons?

### Telling the time

• Encourage your child to look at the clock. Ask them to be “Timekeeper”. Ask them to tell you when it is 2 o’clock.
• Play games like “What Time Is It Mr. Wolf?”
• Read stories that have time in them.

### Shape

• What 2d shapes can you see?
• What 3d shapes can you see?
• What shapes can you see?
• What shapes are the signposts?
• Play “Guess My Shape”- Encourage your child to try to identify a shape you are thinking about, but answer only using Yes/No. E.g Does it have 3 sides?

### Setting the table

• How many people are there?
• How many knives/forks do we need?
• Do we have enough/too many?
• Match cups to plates.
• Where do we put the knives (left/right)?
• Separate cutlery into correct categories- put all the spoons together etc.

### Bed time

• How many ears does the Teddy have?
• Can you count the stairs as we go to bed?
• Sequence the day-what did we do today (in order)?
• Who will be first/last to get into bed?

• What colours can you see?
• Play “I’m thinking of a number”- Pick a number between1-10, 1-20 and allow your child to guess what it is.
• In the car or out and about, ask your child to try simple addition- 2 and 3 makes?, 4 and 1 makes?
• Who will be first/second/third to get into the car?
• Count the blue cars.
• How many trucks can you count?
• What numbers can you see?
• How many doors can you count?

### At the supermarket

• Can you get 3 tins of beans for me?
• Find a big/small bag of pasta.
• Put 4 tomatoes in a bag.
• I have 3 apples in this hand and one orange in this hand, how much fruit do I have altogether?
• Create a shop at home. Allow your child to make price tags for items around the home, and play “shop” with them. “Can I have an apple and a pizza? How much does that cost?”.

### At the restaurant

• How many menus/glasses/plates etc do we need?
• Who ordered chips?
• How many people ordered pizza?
• Who has the biggest/smallest dinner?

### Money

• Find the biggest coin.
• Find the smallest coin.
• Is it worth the most/least?