Maths has never been my strongest point. I flourished at most subjects at school, but this was definitely my Achilles heel. I can remember my poor Dad, sitting with me, trying to help me ‘get it’. He had the patience of a saint, but I was clearly never going to be a mathematician. Luckily for Monkey, he seems to be taking after Daddy P, and he actually enjoys it. Monkey is learning all about number lines at school and I thought it was the perfect time to introduce him to Mathematics Flash Cards from Button Books.
Mathematics Flash Cards is a set of 57 double-sided cards aimed to help children aged 3 years and over get to grips with adding, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions.
There are number cards from up to 100, as well as fractions and maths signs. The Mathematics Flash Cards also comes with ideas for games and activities that work in line with the Key Stage 1 syllabus. So it’s a great set to assist children as they start school and progress through their first years.
Monkey took to the set straight away, not only was he working out simple addition and subtraction sums, he used the flash cards to help with his writing. It hadn’t even occurred to me to use them in that way, but he wanted to copy the numbers – great!
He really enjoyed looking at different sums, counting out to get the correct answer, and then writing the sum out.
The numbers on the flash cards are a great size for younger children, and we’ve had great fun playing different games with the set.
I wanted to work on number sequencing with him and that’s when I discovered the only downside with these Mathematics Flash Cards. They are double-sided, which is great, but it’s been done in such a way that you can only have a row of odd or even numbers. I wanted to get Monkey to make a line from 1-20 etc placing all the numbers in the correct order. But that’s not possible and I think that’s a shame. It will be great to look at odds and evens, but simple number sequencing seems like an obvious activity.
We have tackled this in a different way with the use of the cards – putting odd-numbered cards in a row and getting Monkey to guess which number should come after 1, 3, 5 etc. He then turns each card over in turn to see if he’s right.
As Monkey gets older and more confident we can introduce higher numbers and more complex mathematics and I like the fact that this set can support him over the next few years. Priced at £5.99 I think it’s a great addition to our learning library and will be much used. The Mathematics Flash Cards are available through all good book stores with ISBN reference 9781908985262.
disclaimer: we were sent this set in exchange for an honest review