*Parents often want to help their kids with maths, but aren’t sure how to help. **Here are 27 ideas ranging from breakfast, to car trips, to grocery shopping, to afternoon tea, to pocket money and just about everything in between, to help make maths part of every day life.*

1. Ask them to get out the cups and plates for **afternoon tea** without telling them how many are needed

3. Talk about how things are **similar and different** (e.g. this one is pointy but this one is rounded), and classify the same group of objects in different ways (colours, shapes, “pointy”, “rough”…)

4. With two or three objects, move them around and ask **how many there are now**. Keep experimenting until the child realises that moving the objects doesn’t make the number change – there are still the same amount.

5. Don’t always count things in a line or from left to right. Try a circle or just a mixed up group. Also, **count mixed groups** of objects (e.g. a block, a lego man and a ball) rather than always the same things. Mix up the colours too.

7. When building with **Duplo or Lego**, talk about the blocks as “a six block” or “an eight block”. Experiment with ways to cover an eight block with other smaller blocks.

9. **Share groups of objects or food** between multiple kids (fairly).

12. **Cut bread in half in different ways** and decide that no matter what shape it is, both halves are the same.

14. Play **“what am I spying?”** instead of “I spy”: Describe a 3D object that you can see, one clue at a time, while the other people try to guess what it is. (e.g. My object is bigger than the TV. It has smooth sides that are rectangles. It is white.)

15. Look at maps of where you are going and let the **kids try to follow the map** while you get there. Find your street on a map.

16. When another family is coming to dinner ask the kids **how many people** there will be. So how many pieces of potato will we need if everyone has two?

17. Work out how many **pieces of pizza** you need for your family and how many pizzas that would be.

18. Talk about **how likely** things are to happen (e.g. it is very likely to rain tomorrow so we had better pack your rain coat). Consider things that are totally made up in their games or that they see on TV too.

19. Get them to **budget their pocket money** (e.g. have a money box with four categories: spending, saving, charity and gifts). Work out how many weeks it would be before they could buy a certain toy.

22. Let the child work out the logistics for their **birthday party** (or dinner, or a camping trip etc.) – how many cups, plates, packets of lollies etc. for the guests… as well as the timing (e.g. everyone will be here by 4:00 so we will play games until 4:30 and then serve cake. That will take 15 minutes. Then…)

23. Arrange groups of objects into **different arrays** (like 12 muffins in a tin vs 12 eggs in a carton). Use existing arrays for calculations (e.g. looking at a wall of shoes in a sports shop, work out how many shoes that represents, calculate how many rooms in a hotel by counting the floors and the number of windows in each floor)

24. Talk about how likely a weather event is to happen and give your surety a numerical measure (e.g. a **50% chance of rain vs a 90% chance of rain** according to the weather predictions)

26. **Plan routes on maps**. Work out the total distances involved, but also talk about the traffic and whether one route would be faster. When on the highway, **estimate how long it would take** to get to the next town given the speed limit and distance.

27. **Budget and save for holidays** or larger items. Work out a payment plan (e.g. washing up is worth $__ but mowing the lawn is worth $__). Get them to figure out how to earn the amount of money that they want. Consider incentives (e.g. every time you save $20 we will contribute another $5) or loans (yes you can borrow the $50 from us, but you have to pay us back $55).