To help your child be more confident with maths...

You might be thinking of dashing out to Kumon, Explore Learning or a private tutor - INSTEAD, share some quality time with these games and activities carefully designed to help every parent, grandparent and carer know that they really can offer kids amazing support with their maths, in a relaxed fun way, at home.

Maths at home can really help


With Number Chase, feel reassured that you don't need to try to be a teacher. It doesn't matter if you think you are 'rubbish at maths'. Free from the commitments of extra tuition for your child, you can swap travel time and hanging around time for quality time. It is precisely because this is different from maths at school that you can really make a difference to any child's maths experience. If they have some maths anxiety or are short of confidence, finding the maths all around us alongside your child will be extraordinarily valuable.

Free maths games and activities


Each package covers on area of learning in three parts:

☺Discover – Ideas for introductory activities with guidelines of things you could talk about to get the learning journey started.
☺Play – Game instructions with more ideas of how you can help your child develop understanding and practise their skills with an emphasis on having fun together.
☺Grow – Further activities to help your child use and connect their new skills in other fun ways.

All the activities carefully avoid the workbook ethos, adopted by many apps, which basically offers a series of tests to your child. Instead they are designed to offer support to develop understanding and the chance of having a confident positive approach to maths into their future.

Printable Game Boards/ Game Cards


You don’t need to worry that you don’t have all the maths equipment found in schools. Print the pdf documents, have fun making them your own with some coloured pencils, team the sheets with counters (coins, bottle tops, buttons), a dice and items from around the house and you’ll be ready to play. Each game is designed to last only a short period of time but be played lots of times. Counting how many times you find ‘Harley the hare’ can offer a little extra motivation if you set a target and award yourself and your child a treat when it is reached.


Get started by choosing an age group and download three free packages. Look through the information and try out one package. If this suits your child follow on with similarly numbered packages in the progression.

advice for parents in easy stages how to use these games and activities to help their child to count/subitise numbers
count magic counting  beans, free maths at home counting game
creative maths hand prints for counting activity

3 Magic counting Beans


Get the maths learning started in a fun way with a classic number rhyme. It’s actions help the whole body be involved in getting a feel for number, a superb foundation to build mathematical learning.

Make some magic counting beans, my absolute favourite as an easy way to bring numbers to life. They’re also great for addition, subtraction and your child will be getting an early introduction to probability too, Wow.

When they’re starting out with numbers a child may count ladybirds - one, two, three - but not realise that they can then say that there are three ladybirds in the group. It seems obvious but it isn’t. As you play and talk about the counting beans, this important link will be revealed.

To help a child with maths age 4 to 5. Most of content covered early in the reception year maths curriculum UK
Download pdf package of games and activities along with advice on how to support your child to discover and enjoy this bit of maths at home.

free maths activity have fun placing four boxes in as many different ways as you can think of
biscuits with four raisins in different groups maths at home free activity subitising four
cards for free game with either two,three or four dots in different arrangements for subitising

20 Feel 4 Four


By playing games with a dotty dice your child may have learned to recognise the pattern of, for example, four dots as four. This is a brilliant start to their development of the skill of subitising - identifying how many there are in a set without having to count.

Research shows that babies can subitise two and toddlers three - but four is quite a big jump, and five is our brain’s limit without using pattern.

Share these fun games and activities with your child and they will be guided to develop subitising skills.

Most of content covered mid year R UK, Age 4-5
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advice for parents in easy stages how to use these games and activities to help their child with odd and even numbers and counting in twos
maths at home free card game sorting odd and  even numbers
talk about maths at home, odd number odd boot

33 Counting in twos


Grounding your child’s understanding of odd and even numbers with their experience of an odd shoe is a clever way of remembering a piece of maths language that can otherwise cause lasting confusion.

Have fun colouring and playing with the cards to make full use of the powerful images. Develop the play to help your child to become familiar with the pattern of even numbers and the pattern of odd numbers so that sorting them to 20 and beyond will then be a much more straightforward task.

Most of content covered early year 1 UK, Age 5-6
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advice for parents in easy stages how to use these games and activities to help their child learn about numbers up to thirty
number cards twenty-two to twenty-nine with two hidden for free card game learning number order
fit numbers inbetween free maths game
free number track to print and make helping your child with numbers to 30
free game cards to help your child order numbers

45 Piggy in the middle


Building upon earlier activities these games and activities will help your child to extend their knowledge of the patterns in our number system up to thirty.

Play with your child handling the number cards, move them around, talk about the numbers together, hide some of them and your child will have lots of support and opportunity to learn the order of the numbers and the patterns that can help you to remember the order.

With more numbers missing from the sequence the second game develops this learning to the next level.

Play with hidden coins in the final game and there may be some surprising results!

Most of content covered mid year 1UK, Age 5-6
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free game board to help your child to count in tens and twenties,  maths at home game
collect and count sticks, free maths outside activity
counting sticks, count in tens and twenties free maths at home activity
chart with towers of tens and twenties to help a child count, free maths at home activity
throw a dice and choose to multiply by ten or twenty free game

55 Tens and twenties all in a row


Have fun with these games and support your child to relate their comprehensive knowledge of numbers up to one hundred, to move further on, to work with numbers up to two hundred. Just by playing one game you can take your child through a powerful development progression using different levels of support- toy bricks or sticks that can be handled, pictures that can be pointed to and when your child is truly comfortable playing without any physical or visual support.



In the ‘all in a row’ game your child is challenged to make a choice- very powerful for learning.

Most of content covered late year 1 UK, Age 5-6
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free number line to print and make to help your child with subtraction
number cards with the correct number of cereal hoops but some have been eaten, free maths at home subtraction game
advice for parents in easy stages how to use these games and activities to help their child learn about subtraction using a number line

65 Loopy Counting


Eating treats and then replacing the number eaten gets the ‘take away’ and ‘counting back’ learning journey started in a fun practical way!

A number line can be a powerful learning tool giving insight into number work from the very beginning through to ‘A’ level. The second game is based around a loopy number line carefully designed to ensure your child’s count is between the numbers rather than being led to the wrong answer by counting how many numbers lie in-between.

Have a laugh with the final story game, seriously challenging everyone's memory!

Most of content covered late year 1 UK, Age 5-6
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free game board based on a hundred square
finding a numbered page in a book free family maths activity
speech bubble help your child by talking about ten more

74 Stars and Splats


Sharing the exploration of what happens when you find ten more and ten less than a number will strengthen your child’s understanding of patterns in our number system. A hundred square is a powerful tool, widely used in schools, particularly useful for this task.

These games add some fun and an element of chance to discovering the patterns in a hundred square. Research shows that when our brains are anticipating a chance event they are more open to learning-Wow!

Most of content covered early year 2 UK, Age 6-7
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