Menu Close

Made to measure

There are so many different ways you can help your child understand numbers and what they mean in their everyday activities. And while they’re counting and comparing, they’ll be busy and entertained too.

Splashing around

Keep the kids amused at bath time by giving them different sized containers to play with, and asking them which ones will hold the most water and why? Then let them have fun pouring these into a jug to see how the amounts measure up. Good clean fun.

More or less

While you're out together, you could look for opportunities to chat about different sizes with your child - such as more than, less than, bigger, smaller. Try asking them things like which building is taller? Which car is smaller? Are there more green apples or red apples on display?

Drop by drop

Why not have a go at making a rain catcher? All you need is an empty bottle, and mark a simple scale on it. Then put it outside, wait for a rainy day... and ask your child how much rain there is in the bottle. Keep checking, so they can see if there's more on one day than another.

Hang on! Try my amazing Read ideas.

Hey! There are loads of fun ways to Write too.

Handy tips

Create a tally chart, for example to find out the family’s favourite animal or fruit or TV show. You could also do it the other way round, and find out which vegetable or type of music is their least favourite!

Kids love doing grown-up things. So the next time you pop out for a few things at the shops, why not let your child have a go at counting out and paying at the till?

Read a book together and play I-Spy with the pictures – can your child find something in the book beginning with say P? Or D? You could try lots of other letters, too.