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A Positive Choice

Fun Maths Tasks for Home

Task 1 

Write on a sheet of paper all the numbers from 1 to 100 including.

Get todays (or even yesterdays) newspaper.

Now try to find all the numbers on your sheet by looking through the newspaper.

Cross off the ones you have found.

Were there any you couldn’t find? Add these up

Task 2: 

Get a pen and a piece of paper and arm yourself with a calculator.

Now have a go:

Would you prefer to have a job which pays

£1000000 (one million) for 1 month,

or a job which pays:

1p the first day,

double that the next day (2p),

double that the day after (4p),

etc.?

Can you calculate your pay in the second job for one month? (Calculate that the month has 30 days)

 

Task 3: 

Have a go at these 2 puzzles

Puzzle 1:

If you have these 3 jugs:                         

8 litre jug

5 lithe jug

3 litre jug

Use them and nothing else to split 8 litres of water in half – so 4litres and 4 litres.

The 8 litre jug is full of water and that is all the water you have.

Try to do it with pouring the fewest number of times.

Puzzle 2:

If you have these 3 jugs:                         

7 litre jug

4 litre jug

3 litre jug

Use them and nothing else to split 7 litres of water to make quantities 2litres, 2 litres and 3 litres.

The 7 litre jug is full of water and that is all the water you have.

Try to do it with pouring the fewest number of times.

Task 4: 

In a family photo you see:

1 grandfather

1 grandmother

2 fathers

2 mothers

6 children

4 grandchildren

2 sisters

2 brothers

3 sons

3 daughters

1 father-in-law

1 mother-in-law

1 daughter-in-law

What's the fewest number of people possible that are in the photo?

 

Task 5  

Return change:

Either ask an adult to lend you some loose change just for the exercise or (even better) draw your own coins and cut them out. Make sure that you have more than one of each coin, for example 5 of each.

Now find different ways of making:

  • 10p
  • 20p
  • 25p - example: 20p:   1) 10p and 10p      2) 5p, 5p and 10p
  • 30p
  • 50p

If this is super easy then try this:

Choose a price, like 73p. How much change will you get if you pay with £1 coin? Can you make the change with your coins?

Try with 5 different prices. If you struggle to imagine prices ask an adult to tell you prices under £1.

 

Task 6 

Monster measure

Draw a monster (any you like but the monster has to be smaller than your hand

Now cut out the monster and use it to measure some things around your house or even in the park. How many monsters is the TV tall? How many monsters is the length of the table? How many monsters is the width of a plate?

After you have measured several things in monsters play a game: try to guess how many monsters something is long and, after you have guessed, measure it and see if you are right. Are you getting better and better?