Maths games for the Easter weekend

Apr 2015
At Kumon, we believe learning every day is important and consolidation of learning is vital to ensure information is retained and easily at hand when our students need to recall or engage a skill. But we also think that enjoyment of learning is important too.

Why not take some time out this long weekend to play some maths games with your children and have some fun whilst learning? Here are a few suggestions:

Guess my number
The numerical version of "I spy with my little eye", in "Guess my number" one player thinks of a number and the other player or players have to guess which one it is by asking mathematical questions such as: is it greater than...? Is it an odd number? If I multiply it by X is the answer X? Is it a decimal number? Can it be divided by X?
The questions can be as simple or as complicated as you like, and should perhaps get progressively harder as you go on.

Shopping games
Children love to imitate adults; pretending they are shoppers or a shopkeeper selling things to their customers is popular with younger children and a great way to bring maths into the real world. This is a great way for them to practise their maths when paying or giving change for purchased goods. If you are feeling especially creative, you could even make price labels for household items and buy and sell things in your house, and even make paper money to exchange, allowing them to count out the change to verify their maths.

Monopoly requires an advanced level of maths and enforces strategic thinking skills. Considering the different tactics to make the most from their money will help children improve their maths and critical thinking abilities, whilst having fun!

How much money do I have?
A simple game just requiring some loose change, ask your children to guess how much money you have in your pocket by posing questions such as: "I have three coins in my pocket, they add up to 70p, which coins could I have?" or "I have coins in my pocket which add up to �1.50. How many coins could I have?" Get your children to shout out the right answers, or all the possible right answers, until they guess correctly. If you are doing this with small change, perhaps your child could keep the small change as a reward.

Whatever you are planning for the long weekend, there are always opportunities to have a little fun with maths.