maths lessons and activities for 5 - 7 year-olds

Maths Lessons and Activities for 5–7 year olds – #readilearn

Maths is fun in the early childhood classroom as we count, measure and problem solve our way through the day. With the International Day of Mathematics coming up soon on 14 March, there’s no better time to think about ways of incorporating a little more maths into the daily program. While there are some suggestions on the International Day of Mathematics website, most of them are more suited to older children.

Here at readilearn we have over 100 mathematics lessons and activities ready to support your teaching and children’s learning. Many of the resources are digital lessons ready for you to teach on the interactive whiteboard. Some are printable activities to follow up and extend children’s learning, while others provide instructions and explanations for mathematical explorations.

Plan a party to celebrate

There’s nothing like a party to instigate some mathematical thinking.

If you decide to have a party to celebrate the day, you could start ahead with the interactive problem solving story Little Koala’s Party. In the story, children help Little Koala work out the number of guests as well as food and other items required for the party. They can use the same strategies to plan a party of their own. Other resources, like invitation notepaper and a paper hat template, help to extend the learning across curriculum areas.

While you might ask children to bring food from home to share at the party, following recipes together at school involves children in using mathematics in real and purposeful ways. They may need to count, and measure quantities as well as time. Recipes can be found in the Cooking section.

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25 thoughts on “Maths Lessons and Activities for 5–7 year olds – #readilearn

  1. roughwighting

    As a child I loved math – it was fun! It wasn’t until I was taught that math was “hard” that I thought so as well (plus by high school we were taught that math was not supposed to be FUN). Great lessons here, Norah.

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  2. petespringerauthor

    Practical hands-on use of math is what children need. I used to bake with my students a few times a year. Measuring, fractions, multiplication, and estimation were just some of the skills they used.

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  3. CarolCooks2

    I have BM these for when Lily comes for the long holiday which is soon…she loves Maths and I always do mental arithmetic with her like what change do I get when we are shopping… for her age, she is quick and accurate but these look like fun for her …Thank you for sharing Norah 🙂

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        1. Norah Post author

          I agree, Carol. This time is precious. But hopefully they won’t forsake us entirely if we’ve built up the relationship when they’re young.

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  4. srbottch

    My favorite math class was geometry. I was not a star pupil of math, in general, but I loved geometry. March 14 is Pi Day, if I’m not mistaken. A t-shirt reads, ‘Come to the Math Side, We have Pi’!

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    1. Norah Post author

      You’re right, Steve. March 14 is Pi Day. Will you be celebrating with pie?
      International Day of Mathematics joined onto the same day as Pi Day, which is good I think. It means everyone can celebrate the day, even those who don’t understand Pi. 🙂

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