Numberblocks games: 5 active ways to learn maths

Play and learn!

You don't have to sit still to learn numbers. Your child will love counting, learning shapes and recognising numbers with these fun Numberblocks games - and you won't have to tell them to sit down or keep still once!
  • 5-10 minutes
  • 3+

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 (try saying that after a few wines!). 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. Try these 5 active games inspired by the show to help your child play and learn.

1. Numberblocks role play game

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.

2. Numbers scavenger 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.

3. Have a Numberblocks snacktime

What you’ll need:

  • Food you can cut into blocks (e.g. cheese or apples)

What to do:

  1. Cut the food into blocks and use these to create Numberblocks with. 
  2. Now, can they see what happens when Numberblocks come together? For example, 2 joins with 3 to make 5.
  3. Sometimes they split apart – 5 can split into 4 and 1, or 3 and 2.
  4. And sometimes they disappear altogether (yum yum!)

4. Numberblocks counting mission

  1. Can your child 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.

  2. Now challenge them with another number.

5. Tell a Numberblocks story

Choose a number to tell a story about. Try one of these ideas to help you!

  • Numberblock 7 has seen a rainbow! What 7 colours can your child name? If 7 surfs over the rainbow, what will he find at the other side? 7 golden coins maybe. 
  • Wow, Numberblock 5 is going into space! 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 – blast off! Can he see stars (with 5 points on each one?) 
  • What would happen on Numberblock 3’s first day of school? Maybe he’d take triangle sandwiches (with 3 corners to nibble). And he’d love to listen to the story of the Three Little Pigs.

Virtual lesson: Learn numbers with Numberblocks

Hands up if you’re trying to teach your children maths at home, but you don’t really know where to start? This e-learning lesson has easy ideas that are perfect for children aged 3-5. Watch and take part or just complete the activities underneath. Either way, there are lots of quick ideas your children can try straight away.

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