Family Activities

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

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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?

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Triangle Puzzle Brain Teaser

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

In this video, we show you how to make a fun geometric brain teaser. You will need a square piece of paper, a ruler, a pencil, and a pair of scissors. Then find a willing volunteer to solve the puzzle. It's not as easy as it looks!

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Lego Symmetry Puzzles

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

Puzzles are a fun way to learn about symmetry, and you can make your own out of Lego bricks and a base board. For younger kids, use Duplo bricks and simple patterns, for older kids use regular Lego bricks and make the patterns more challenging.

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Maths War Card Game

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

Maths War is a great little game to practice different kinds of maths skills, including number values, place value, addition and multiplication. All you need is one of two packs of regular playing cards, with the face cards (Jack, Queen, King) removed.

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Tower of Hanoi

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

Time to get your scissors & paints out to create your own Tower of Hanoi puzzle - and then of course you'll have to solve it! But don't worry, we've included the solutions at the end of the video. You can try it with 3, 4 or 5 discs.

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Geometric Dot Grid Drawings

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

Pencils at the ready! Using dot grid paper to create pictures, connect adjacent dots vertically, horizontally or diagonally to create geometric drawings.

If you don't have any dot grid paper, you can download and print off some for free via the link below. Or you can use graph paper and connect the corners of the squares instead.

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Numberella Interactive Adventure

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

Join Numberella, Ronnie Resist, Miss A Go and The Thief in an exciting interactive adventure that will take you deep into the jungle of the lost world of Meravilium. Use your maths skills to help the adventurers outwit the mysterious talking creatures who guard the great pyramid… and help them discover the secrets that lie inside!

There are two difficulty levels to choose from, one for the 7-10 age group and one for the 11-14 age group. Everyone who completes the adventure wins a certificate!

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Parent Club Maths Tips

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

Some tips from the Scottish Government's Parent Club on how to make maths homework fun, plus some suggestions for maths games to play together at home.

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Geometric Bat

  • Age groups
  • 5-7
  • 8-11

Here's a simple but fun geometric puzzle activity to set up for kids, either as a non spooky alternative to Halloween or for bat lovers all year round. Cut out shapes from black paper and challenge kids to create a bat out of them.

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I-Spy Halloween

  • Age groups
  • 0-4
  • 5-7

Are you ready for some spooky counting fun? We've created a seasonal activity sheet for you, to keep the kids busy in the run up to Halloween. How many of each of the symbols can you find?

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Roll-a-Snowflake Game

  • Age groups
  • 5-7
  • 8-11

This open ended drawing game encourages number recognition and counting, and celebrates the symmetry of snowflakes. Discuss why the die has only even numbers, and where to place your symbols on the grid to keep your snowflake symmetrical

>> Download Roll-a-Snowflake Instructions

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Codebreaker Challenge

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

Use your code cracking skills to work out the punchlines to five Christmas cracker jokes that have been encrypted as secret messages.

You can also have a go at encrypting your own secret messages, using our Cryptography resource developed by the Open University, with five different ciphers to choose from.

>> Download Codebreaker Challenge

>> Download Cryptography Resource

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Festive Lego Builds

  • Age groups
  • 0-4
  • 5-7

Building with Lego is a great 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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Baking Sugar Cookies

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

There are a multitude of maths skills involved in baking - from weighing, measuring and counting, to fractions, conversions, telling the time and more! Put your maths skills to the test as you bake our delicious sugar cookies! (gluten free, nut free, vegetarian)

>> Download Recipe Card

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Gingerbread Maths

  • Age groups
  • 0-4

In this simple counting activity with a seasonal twist, early learners can match the buttons to the gingerbread shapes to count from 1 to 5. The download also includes a bigger version of the template for younger children, so that bigger buttons or equivalent can be used.

>> Download Gingerbread Template

Note: Small parts can pose a choking hazard. Please supervise young children when doing this activity.

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Collaborative Drawings

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

In this collaborative drawing challenge, one person describes whilst the other draws. It’s not as easy as it sounds! You can use only shapes and directional words in your description. Why not have several people drawing at once and compare your pictures at the end – did you all draw the same thing?

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Sierpinski Christmas Tree

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

Get stuck in to some maths themed seasonal crafts with our Sierpinski Christmas tree! The Sierpinski triangle is a pattern of equilateral triangles that repeats again and again at different scales. This kind of pattern is called a 'fractal'. Our tree is a large pyramid made of smaller pyramids. Since a fractal can repeat endlessly, you can keep adding layers to build a tree as large as you want!

>> Download tetrahedron template

>> Download Sierpinski tree tutorial