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As we continue to live in an uncertain world where life just isn’t as we have ever known it before, life for our children is often challenging. Schools are shut and friends can’t be seen and the concept of school at home has been an ‘interesting’ experience for many. I know we’ve been struggling here and anything that can help is very much appreciated. So with that in mind, we’ve been making Maths fun at home with Learning Resources.
I know many of us are finding it difficult to balance working from home and schooling from home right now. For those of you who have followed the blog for a while, you will already know that my son is pretty much averse to doing any homework without major meltdowns, so I was dreading the whole idea of schoolwork at home every day. Throw into the mix that I also have two jobs to do from home too and the first couple of weeks were a bit of a nightmare, to be honest.
We needed to change the way we’d been working and make thing a little easier all round and making Maths fun at home with Learning Resources and their tacklingtables card game and MathLink Cubes seemed to tick the right boxes. If I can help my son to learn whilst he thinks he’s just having fun then there will be fewer meltdowns and we will have a happier household.
My son struggles with his times-tables, unfortunately, he takes after me in that respect, rather than his father. So I thought tacklingtables card game would be a good idea to help him memorise his tables whilst having a bit of fun at the same time.
tacklingtables is a card game aimed at children aged 5 years and over and can be played by 2 or more players at a time. It comes with 78 cards in 3 colour coded phases and an instruction leaflet.
The blue cards feature the 1, 2, 5 and 10 times tables, the green cards feature the 3, 4 and 8 times tables and the red cards feature the 6, 7, 9, 11 and 12 times tables. So you can concentrate on different times tables depending on the age of your child. My son is in year 5, so he needs to crack all of them now so we will be shuffling all the cards and playing for 5-10 minutes at a time to try to help him remember the ones he struggles with but also to reinforce the ones he does know.
The cards are great for showing children clearly that if they can remember a multiplication one way, they know it the other way without even having to think about it. It’s an idea I’ve been working on a lot with my son over the last few weeks and now my son can see easily, exactly what I mean.
For example, 10 x 6 is the same as 6 x 10. Place your thumb over the number in the middle of the card and ask your child what the top number x the bottom number is, and then the bottom by the top.
By covering the number on the top of the card you can ask your child to divide the number in the middle by the number on the bottom, for example, 60 divided by 10.
And then also place your finger over the bottom number and ask them to divide the middle number by the top number, for example, 60 divided by 6.
It’s a really simple idea to build confidence and times tables skills and one we will use a lot. I’m also going to use it in conjunction with the maths work he’s being set by the school, to show my son that he can do it, and remember it. I’m sure tacklingtables is going to be a really useful tool for us.
As soon as I saw the MathLink Cubes set I was transported right back to my own primary school days. I grew up in Surrey and we had a First, Middle and Secondary school system. I have a really clear memory of these cubes from my First School, we would each get to read with the Headmaster at some point, and he had these cubes in his office. I’m not sure I realised that I was even learning when I got to play with them, but it’s something that’s stuck with me for well over 40 years!
MathLink Cubes are aimed at children aged 5 years and over, and this set comes with 100 cubes in 10 different colours.
Making Maths fun at home with Learning Resources would allow me to share my childhood memory with my son and to also show him how versatile these cubes are. You can use the cubes to work on a range of maths skills including addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, measurements and fractions as well as area.
The activity guide that comes with the set gives ideas for working on shapes, fractions, area and perimeters as well as volume and again, I’m going to be using these cubes to help explain set maths work to my son in the weeks ahead. He’ll have the cubes on the table and hopefully, they will give him another visual aid to help him learn and boost his confidence.
But as well as learning about maths, these MathLink Cubes are wonderful for a child who loves construction. The cubes can be clicked together easily to form all sorts of shapes and structures.
As well as having a wealth of educational games available via their website, Learning Resources also has some free home learning online resources available to help families support learning with children aged 2-11 years of age. The topics covered include Maths, Literacy, STEM, Coding, the world around us, and Early Years as well a range of educational games – follow this link for more information – https://blog.
What have you been doing to make maths fun in your household?