Play and learn!
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
3. Have a Numberblocks snacktime
What you’ll need:
- Food you can cut into blocks (e.g. cheese or apples)
What to do:
- Cut the food into blocks and use these to create Numberblocks with.
- Now, can they see what happens when Numberblocks come together? For example, 2 joins with 3 to make 5.
- Sometimes they split apart – 5 can split into 4 and 1, or 3 and 2.
- And sometimes they disappear altogether (yum yum!)
4. Numberblocks counting mission
- 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.
- 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.
Make the most of your child’s Numberblocks toy blocks with this paint and play idea! Your child can have splatty fun bouncing the blocks onto paper to print the Numberblocks, as well as practicing counting and creating fun shapes.
Does your child love Numberblocks? Find out how to make a Numberblocks character using cardboard boxes – plus FREE printable official Numberblocks eyes, noses and accessories! There are games below to help your child have fun with numbers, too.
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.