Numberblocks games: 5 active ways to learn maths

Numberblocks is the perfect way to teach your kids maths.

Don’t believe us? Just ask Debbie Morgan, who helped make the show. She’s the director of the National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics  and she praises the team for taking the maths, “very seriously” and even encourages teachers to use episodes as a resource.

But above all the show is fun – and it’s inspired these 5 active games to help your child play and learn.

Be a Numberblock: To be 2, your child can march: 1, 2, 1, 2. To be 3, they pretend to be The Three Bears, eating three different bowls of porridge. Or for 5, count five fingers and give you a big high five.

Number hunt: Look for numbers in the world. They’re hiding on your phone, on the front doors of houses, on clocks and sometimes even on your clothes.

Make cheesy Numberblocks: Cut blocks of cheese for them to make Numberblocks with. Now they can see what happens when Numberblocks come together (for example 2 joins with 3 to make 5). And sometimes they split apart (5 can split into 4 and 1, or 3 and 2). And sometimes they disappear altogether (yum yum!)

Counting mission: they pretend to be 4 and go on a counting mission, collecting things that have four of something. It might be a toy with four legs, a card with four corners, or a pack of four crayons. Now challenge them with another number.

Tell a story: What would happen on 3’s first day of school? Help them think of different things that 3 would like. A triangle sandwich with three corners for lunch, maybe. Or to listen to the story of the Three Little Pigs in the quiet corner.

And if you’ve enjoyed those, try these 5 Numberblocks superhero missions!

For more ways to become amazing at maths, we love the Numberblocks Maths Programme, which comes with a complete set of Numberblocks for children to build and play with. There’s also in-depth learning to help children discover the many different ways of thinking about and using numbers, from number names and numerals to number bonds, number patterns and more.

Got some Numberblocks bricks at home? Then you’ll love these 5 minute games that use them to teach maths!

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