Share these maths activities, board games, dice games and card games and really support your child to develop addition mastery and understanding.
Maths at home can really help
The experts, the educational reasearch, the publishers producing schemes of work which are sold to schools, they all agree that every child will learn better if they play and make sense of addition by starting off handling real objects. This experience cannot happen on a screen and it is difficult to manage in a busy classroom. At home however, those objects can be your child's favourite things. With Number Chase as your guide, you can share the wonders of your child's playful journey of discovery and enable meaningful visual images to be created in their brains which will always be there to help them. It is precisely because this is different from maths at school that you can really make a difference to any child's maths experience.
Activities and games for 4 to 5 year olds-addition
Activities and games for 5 to 6 year olds-addition
Activities and games for 6 to 7 year olds-addition
Fun family activities and board game learning to recognise one more.
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The secure understanding of one more and one less will be a great foundation for your child to develop addition and subtraction skills.
Educational experts talk about an ideal sequence for maths learning as: start with concrete then, pictorial, then abstract. Starting the learning journey for any new maths playing with familiar objects at home is just brilliant - it’s the concrete bit and it can’t happen on a screen or in a workbook, and because it can be difficult to manage with a large class of children your child may miss out.
Share further activities and games with your child, have lots of fun, change the type of dice you use and they will be seamlessly guided through new levels of learning.
Fun family activities and board game learning about addition in a practical way.
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Interestingly ancient number systems were not all based, as ours is, on ten - but it is no coincidence that we have ten fingers!
Share these fun family activities at home with your child and they will have lots of practical experience of addition, and in particular numbers which add to ten. Teachers call this ‘number bonds to ten’.
Because ten is fundamental to our number system, helping your child have a very secure basis for remembering these number facts will help them with a whole host of other maths.
Fun family activities and board game learning to partition numbers in different ways.
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Starting with an answer and finding all the different sums that equal that answer is a brilliant way to learn about how sums work because it helps you to discover patterns and links that in turn make new brain connections. Jo Boaler, who has been at the forefront of maths education research for many years, says “it helps your brain grow”.
Based on this theory, start the learning with a strong foundation handling a range of objects, play the board game, and your child will have lots of opportunity to grow their understanding of addition and number.
Family fun activities and board games learning addition facts.
Addition is often modelled as jumps forward on a number line. This model will have a firm footing! as you share some physical jumping with this first activity. This activity is another of those experiences that is so valuable for you to share, it simply can’t happen in a workbook or on a screen.
When you add two numbers using only 0-6 there are still forty nine different sums. These games will offer lots of opportunity to discover and talk about the patterns that link these sums making the task of remembering all forty nine more manageable. To be fun, banish fear and encourage understanding, the main game is cleverly designed so that you find a sum to match an answer rather than starting with a sum.
Family fun activities and board game learning pairs of numbers with a total of ten.
Abacus with ten beads
Share the maths in searching out the amazing wonders of nature outside and/or hiding objects around a room and your child will have lots of experience of handling and counting a number of objects and working out in a meaningful way how many still need to be found to total ten. The language that you naturally share will be extraordinarily valuable – consider how many different phrases we use to mean the same thing- five and five makes ten, five add five makes ten, double five is ten, five add five equals ten, the sum of five and five is ten, add two fives and you get ten, if you have five you need five more to make ten, the total of five and five is ten…….Linked to the context of real objects it can all make sense, whilst without this experience, written in a workbook or on a screen it’s a whole lot more challenging.
Counters to feel for, linked with strong visual pictures on the page, offer more powerful learning opportunities in the next game. Complete the learning with a classic classroom activity, with a fun twist.
Family fun activities card game and board game learning learning one more and one less.
One more three in a row
Mastery of just the addition of two numbers and only using numbers up to 20 means learning 20x20 = 400 sums. The task multiplies to 10,000 sums with just addition using numbers up to 100 and then there’s subtraction and...For this task it is not healthy for anyone's brain to use memory alone. Instead, if your child remembers some addition sums and knows the patterns in our number system, they can use their amazingly powerful brain to work out any sum almost instantaneously. Knowing one more can be very helpful, for example to do 9+11, follow the pattern for adding 10 and 9+10 =19, then adjust knowing 9+11 is one more than 9+10.
You might have chanted “five, four, three, two, one, blast off”. Do some chanting with a twist to help your child start discovering one more and one less. When I play the second game I have a job to shout GERONIMO quick enough, hope you fare better! In the next game your child is challenged to make a choice- very powerful for learning. Finally extend the learning with a spotting game adding some fun maths to any journey.
Family fun activities and board game learning addition facts.
When your child becomes confident with 3+4, 2+7, 6+2..(totals up to ten) they will have the foundations to do any addition sum and a whole lot more. Get the learning journey started with an activity you can have fun with anywhere, anytime. This game can generate thousands of sums but still offers the support of something special that will always be there to hold - your fingers. There will be lots more opportunity to memorise the number facts as you have fun playing lotto games with picture support and then without. Finally get creative, you might even have to help your child get messy, and print some picture sums to treasure.
Family fun activities and board game adding by counting on.
The chase adding two numbers
Through modern brain imaging we now know that if you do something rather than being told about it, new brain connections are made thirty times easier. Get the learning started with activities involving actions that represent odd and even numbers and then create some pictures for visual support too.
Share playing the dice game and your child will experience lots and lots of addition practise in a fun way. Just by playing this one game you can take your child through a powerful development progression using different levels of support- counters that can be moved, dice dots that can be pointed to and when your child is truly comfortable with memory alone.
Family fun activities and dice games adding three numbers.
More powerful brain connections can be made as we do things with your eyes closed. Can you count objects with your eyes closed? Have fun trying in the first game!
Playing any dice game with your child will really help them with maths. Share these dice games with your child and you will be taking them through a powerful progression of learning, in a relaxed way, just by using a variety of different dice.
Family fun activities and dice game learning addition facts.
Roll the dice addition
In a maths workbook helping your child remember addition facts could look like this BUT if your child already remembers the facts they will be learning...nothing and if they don’t remember them all, this ’test’ can lead to humiliation and sow the seed for the thought “I’m rubbish at maths.”
Instead have fun and play with some edible treats to find all the different ways to add two numbers, to get 9 for example, and by arranging real life objects your child will discover very helpful patterns and connections. Play the dice games and your child will be doing many many addition sums without the fear of “doing a sum wrong.”
Family fun activities and card game learning addition facts up to a total of twenty.
Beat the calculator additions
There are lots of different opinions about when calculators should be introduced to young children. These games take you on a journey of discovery so that your child can compare when a calculator is most helpful. Alternative support is offered by a slavonic grid with really special visuals which link with our brains ability to see five objects without counting but no more. The slavonic abacus has proved a brilliant support for children with dyslexia and discalculia and with such powerful imagery your child will certainly benefit too.
Make some parcels of ten of something good to eat to get your child started with these games adding multiples of ten. Adding four parcels of ten to six parcels of ten builds naturally upon your child’s understanding of 4+6. Play with a slavonic abacus, showing 100 dots cleverly coloured in patterns of five to help our brains see a number without counting, and your child will have more powerful imagery to really get a feel for the numbers you are working with.
In the final game you can have fun playing with hundreds, thousands or millions- your child will probably choose millions!
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!
Have fun with these games and your child will be getting loads of practise remembering addition facts up to 10+10. Talk about the science of mistakes- they help your brain grow- there will be no crosses to make your child feel a failure.
Start with the support of outstretched fingers, then through finding matching sums on cards, then on to practise the learning with a puzzle on the internet.
With the current emphasis on mastery of number facts in UK schools it is more important than ever that every child understands how the answer to one sum can be used to lead to the answer to lots of others.
Start playing on a number line and your child will start to visualise connections between additions, subtractions and for example how taking away nine from a number can be linked to taking away ten.
The game board for the next game is designed to help your child recognise other patterns that lead to sums having the same answers.
The final game involves thinking several steps ahead to really challenge understanding of subtraction.