Family Activities

Maths inspired arts & crafts, games, puzzles, baking and more!

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Spring & Easter Puzzles

  • Age groups
  • 0-4
  • 5-7
  • 8-11
  • 12-15

We've put together a selection of Spring and Easter puzzles covering a range of different maths skills including counting, pattern recognition, logical thinking, code breaking, and using tessellation or symmetry to create designs.

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Geometric Heart

  • Age groups
  • 0-4
  • 5-7
  • 8-11

A simple but fun maths activity perfect for Valentine's Day. Create a geometric heart out of squares and triangles, and learn about patterns, fractions and multiplication along the way.

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Magazine Number Hunt

  • Age groups
  • 5-7
  • 8-11

Dig out your old magazines, and challenge them to a magazine number hunt! See how many different numbers you can find, then sort them in ascending order. Or do a shape hunt instead and create a collage out of all the different shapes you can find.

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Pancake Maths

  • Age groups
  • 0-4
  • 5-7
  • 8-11
  • 12-15
  • 16+

We love baking here at Maths Week Scotland, and pancakes are no different. Find out how much maths is involved in baking, have a go at our fun maths facts activities, and download our recipe to bake your own yummy pancakes at home.

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How to Play Tenzi

  • Age groups
  • 5-7
  • 8-11

Tenzi is a dice game for two or more players, which is great for number recognition. You will need a set of ten dice per player, with a different colour of dice each. The basic aim of the game is to be the first player to get all of your dice to show the same number.

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Codebreak

  • Age groups
  • 8-11
  • 12-15
  • 16+

Test your problem-solving skills and try to crack our secret messages using clues

Code Break is an interactive web app consisting of three ciphers: Pigpen, Caesar and simple substitution (solved by frequency analysis). Earn stars for each challenge, and learn about code-breaking through the ages by playing our interactive ‘Could you be a code breaker?’

Created by the Open University

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Pyramid Addition

  • Age groups
  • 5-7
  • 8-11
  • 12-15

Pyramid is a card game for two or more players, to practice addition. For older children, the same game play can also be used for multiplication. To play either version, you will need a standard set of cards with the face cards (Jack, Queen, King) removed.

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Number Fun with Lego

  • Age groups
  • 0-4
  • 5-7

Here's a fun wee activity for younger learners, to playfully encourage number recognition: dig out your Lego and get creating! Building with Lego is an opportunity to incorporate a little maths in to your children's play time. How many bricks do they need of each colour? What size of bricks - 2x2 blocks, or 2x4? While they're having fun, they're already learning maths without even realising it.

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How to turn two circles in to a square

  • Age groups
  • 5-7
  • 8-11
  • 12-15
  • 16+

It's time for a little geometry magic! Children will love this geometry paper trick - first you can impress them with it, and then they can impress their friends.

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Intergalactic Adventure

  • Age groups
  • 8-11
  • 12-15

Are you ready for a mathematical space adventure? Prepare for a journey to the Planet Turasmara. Download and complete your passport application ready for boarding, then solve the six space maths challenges!

Created by the Scottish Mathematical Council

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Pig Dice Game

  • Age groups
  • 5-7
  • 8-11
  • 12-15
  • 16+

Pig is a dice game for two or more players. All you need to play is one six sided die, some paper and a pen or pencil to keep score. Pig is what's known as a jeopardy game, where you have to decide whether to jeopardise previous points gained by rolling again to gain even more points. As well as practicing basic maths skills counting up your scores, Pig teaches you to think strategically - if you are too greedy and take too many risks, you might lose your points!

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Flip 3 Equations Game

  • Age groups
  • 5-7
  • 8-11
  • 12-15

This is a great card game for practicing simple equations, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. All you need is one deck of regular playing cards, with the face cards (Jack, Queen, King) removed.

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Origami Hexagon

  • Age groups
  • 8-11
  • 12-15
  • 16+

How to fold an origami hexagon out of a sheet of A4 paper! You could write a letter inside your sheet of paper first, before folding it up.

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Numerical Doodles

  • Age groups
  • 5-7
  • 8-11
  • 12-15

Numerical doodles are a fun way for children to gain more confidence in recognising and naming numbers. Older learners can also still have fun getting creative. Try your hand at recreating our doodles, or create your own - what can you turn each number in to?