Maths at our house: shopping

A trip to the supermarket is a perfect opportunity to do some maths together no matter what the age your children.
There is the opportunity to:

  • compare prices and talk about “more than” and “less than”
  • to add, subtract, divide and multiply
  • and talk about the shapes and sizes of items as well.

Comparison shopping and budgeting is a way to support the development of financial literacy and reading labels is a way for children to use their knowledge of percentages and weights within the context of reading charts and tables.

Making good decisions based on understanding maths in a real life context is what numeracy is about.


Junior shopping


Middle shopping


Senior shopping




 Click for some suggested questions to ask in Māori. (PDF, 1.24MB)