# Marvellous maths: our members favourite subject

March 14, 2018

#### When we spoke to our members to find out what they thought about maths, we discovered that it was their favourite subject – followed by PE (20%) and art (16%)! Read more in our survey.

Wondering why? Well, maths isn’t just about sums; it’s about games, puzzles, tricks and discovery. Here are some marvellous maths activities that are sure to put the subject at the top of your child’s list of favourite subjects…

#### Bake and learn

Baking cakes and cookies can easily become an educational game as all cooking requires some element of maths. Test your child’s maths skills by asking them to add up or adapt a recipe for different quantities. The great thing about this is that you get to eat the results at the end!

#### Going on a car journey?

Pass the time by setting number related challenges, maybe with the promise of a prize at your destination to get a bit of competition going! Who can spot the first 30 mph sign? Can they count the number of blue cars they see on the journey? Who can find a number plate with the number 9 in it?

#### Set up shop

Who wants to be the shopkeeper? Empty out that penny jar (or just make some money with bits of paper) and visit the shop to buy some items. How much does each item cost? What change should you get? If you buy three items, what is the total cost? It helps to have something real to work with (teddies, snacks, stationery) so that the transaction has some meaning.

#### Time to start earning

A really interesting activity we do with our older members during an Explore Learning maths tuition session is to get them to research how much they would get paid for their ideal job. They then have to see how far their monthly wages would go. Looking at house prices, rents, car payments, food bills etc gets them to see how much disposable income they would have. Why not try this at home, too?

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