On the Families page there is an introductory video that describes how you can help your child learn about mathematics and support their learning at school.
One of the ideas suggested is creating a maths kete at home. The kete will include materials that are helpful in learning about maths through making and finding things and playing games together. This page gives you a list of things that you can find around your house or can get cheaply from discount shops. For each item in your kete there are ideas and links to the Maths at Our House activity pages as well as links to number knowledge activities. Many of the activities are games and have cards or boards that you can print off and add to your kete.
Click on the link under each image to see the suggestions for that item.
 Use in common board games. These are good practice counting small numbers.
 Roll dice in pairs. Add all the dots, subtract the smallest from the largest or multiply the two together.
 Roll dice to make the digits of a number then double it or multiply by a set number (x10 or x5).
Number knowledge activities:
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 Remove face cards and use as number cards 110. You will need to ensure your child understands that the aces represent 1s.
 Use to play Snap, Happy Families, or Go Fish. These games are all good for number identification practice.
Number knowledge activities:
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Wooden puzzles & blocks (see ideas)
 Use as puzzles or building blocks to build understanding of shape and space.
 Use building blocks like Lego to practice multiplication: how many 2 blocks make an 8 block? (how many groups of 2 make 8?).
 Use for checking estimates when solving problems
 Practice reading numbers
 Exploring what happens to the place values when adding and subtracting 1, 10, 100, or 1000 to a number
Number Knowledge Activities
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Pens, paper, scissors etc. (see ideas)
 Practice basic facts and writing numbers.
 Draw number lines for figuring out sums.
Number knowledge activities:
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Tape measures or rulers (see ideas)
 Use to measure things in millimeters, centimetres and metres.
 Use as a number line.
 Use to create line drawings of shapes.
Number knowledge activities:
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 Use to play "shop" and practice paying and making change.
 Use coins to skip count in 10s, 20s and 50s (half dollars).
 Play: How much more to make a 1 dollar?
Number knowledge activities:
Easier
 Play the game of dominoes or use as sets of dots to add and subtract and multiply.
 Play Pick up Stix and then calculate the score by making each colour a different value.
 Counting
 Sorting according to different characteristics (colour, size, etc)
 Ordering in size from smallest to largest, shortest to tallest etc.
 Counting the number in different categories and creating a graph (statistics)
Number Knowledge Activities
Easier


 Counting to 20 by making a numberline
 Skip counting in 2s by alternating colours on the numberline
 Skip counting in 5s by using 4 plain and then 1 special as the 5s sequence
 Creating arrays to model times tables 3x4 looks like 3 rows of 4 stickers, 4x 3 looks like 4 rows of 3 stickers etc.
Number Knowledge Activities
Easier
 Decades (using stickers to create a numberline 9 of one kind and a special or different sticker for each decade number)
Medium
 Make and talk about different lengths
 Make and talk about different weights
 Make and explore the properties of shapes
 Cut into parts (fractions) and talk about these.
Practical Activities
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 Make and sort collections
 Count groups of shells
 Talk about ways to group shells to make counting easier
Practical Activities
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 Use for sorting and counting containers
 Order empty food and drink containers by their volume (Which holds more?)
 Exploring volume with water or sand play (How many of these can fit in one of those?)
 Exploring fractions with measuring cups and measuring spoons
Number Knowledge Activities
Easier
 Talk about the shapes and patterns in the fabric
 Talk about symmetry
 Measure the shapes and talk about their sizes
Practical Activities
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