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Frogs and Tadpoles Maths Activities 18th May


Warm up – Counting forwards and backwards along a number line. (aim for 5-10 mins each day)

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Use this interactive frog number line to help your child get used to counting backwards and forwards different number of steps along a number line (they have seen this before in school). If you can’t get the interactive number line to work there is a printable you can use.

Day 1 - Get him to start on 0 and jump in ones forwards. How far can he go, say each number he lands on. Use the brush to clear. Now start on 20 or 30 and get him to jump backwards in ones. Say each number he lands on.

Day 2/3 - Choose a number to start on (you can choose higher numbers by scrolling along if your child needs more challenge). Can you do 3 jumps forward? Can you make him jump 2 steps back? What is 1 more than 11? What is 2 less than 10?

Day 4/5 - Get him to jump from 10 back to 6 – how many jumps did he do? Get him to jump from 11 to 17 – how many jumps did he do?  

Order items by their capacity. Use everyday language to talk about capacity and compare quantities.

1) Look at the Monster Milkshakes Capacity Café powerpoint to introduce capacity as a measure of how much liquid is in container.

2) Full or empty. Have some empty bottles. Can you fill them and describe to a grown up how full they are? (see attached sheet for guidance and key questions)

Full, nearly full, half full, nearly empty, empty.

3) Complete In a Muddle capacity sheet to match the drinks to the children.

4) Complete the Magic Potions Activity sheet. Let your child have a go at making his/her own magic potions. Can they order them by how full they are when they have finished?

5) Complete the Measuring Capacity Sheet.

Jack and the Beanstalk Maths Activities

Counting  Each day play this video to your child, can they join in counting to 100?

Counting Actions

1 ) Choose your favourite teddy to do some exercises.  Decide what exercise teddy will do e.g. jump, clap, roll, kiss or roly poly. Spin this spinner to decide how many of that action it needs to do. Count very carefully.

2) Make an obstacle course in your house or garden that involves different activities. Decide how many of each action you need to do in the obstacle course. Write down the number on a piece of paper e.g. 10 ball catches, 14 jumps in a hoop, 3 rolls, 9 star jumps, 18 skips. Count carefully.


Jack and the Beanstalk Activities

  1. Look at the beans. Can you cut them out and order them back from 20 to 0.
  2. Jack and the beanstalk crack the code activity for addition. Use the pictures to work out what numbers are needed (if this is too hard for your child then write the numbers in for them). Use apparatus such as counters to work out the answer. If your child is more confident they can use their fingers, drawings or a number line to help them find the answers.



3) Jack and the beanstalk crack the code activity for subtraction. Use apparatus such as counters to work out the answer. If your child is more confident they can use their fingers, drawings or a number line to help them find the answers.


4) Jack and the Beanstalk shape search. Look really carefully and count how many of each 2D shapes you can find.

Worms Maths Activities

Mental Warm-ups  Say a number 1 more or 1 less than a number between 1 and 20?

If this is too easy extend to 30 or beyond or increase to the number 2 or 3 more/ less. If 0-20 is too hard stick between 1 and 10.


1. Put numbers 1-20 on the floor or chalked outside. Can they follow instructions – jump forward one, jump one more, jump one less, jump backwards one?

2. Get your children to draw a number line 1-20 on paper for a small toy. Choose a toy to do the jumps. Can he land on one more than 17? Can he land on 1 less than 14?

3. Lay the numbers on the stairs from last week. Choose a stair to stand on e.g. stand on stair 15 – step one less, one more, two less etc. Can they step the right way?

4. Have a pile of objects e.g. raisins/ grapes or small toys. Count how many there are. Take one away or eat it (how many are left). Take another then another, put one back. How many will there be now? Do we need to count? If you child is stuck provide a number line to help.


Order items by length or height. To check the length of an object using non-standard units of measure.

  1. Making and comparing the size of worms - Using modelling clay/ playdough create and compare the length of worms. Use the playdough worms attachment for key questions to ask your child when they complete this activity.
  2. Ordering Socks – Read the ordering socks pdf file for ideas of how to order socks by their length and count them in twos.
  3. Make a collection of your favourite toys. Can you order them by their height or length? Now make up some sentences to compare the height/ length of these toys (verbal). Try to do this for each one. E.g. “The blue car is longer than the green car but shorter than the red car”. “Rapunzel is taller than Barbie but shorter than Elsa”.
  4. Use the measuring objects at home sheet to find and measure a range of objects at home using non-standard measures. What objects can you find at home to measure with?
  5. Measure your sunflower. How much has it grown? What can you measure in your garden?

Ladybird Maths Activities

Counting Warm-ups (try to do one each day)

  1. Count how many stairs are in your house. Start at the top step and count down one step at a time from that number until you get to 0.
  2. Throw and catch a ball to each other. How many catches can you do without dropping it?
  3. Can you count to 100 with this video? 

Ladybird number bonds to 10

Use the ladybird number bonds sheet. Building on from last week’s pairs that make 10 activity, can your child explore all the different ways to give the ladybird 10 spots? They can use an object at home to represent the spots and experiment. When they have found a way they may like to dip their finger in paint and print it on or draw around the object they used. How many ways can you find?


Look at the ladybird doubles powerpoint. Which doubles can you remember off by heart? Can you show these doubles on your fingers too? Go up to 5 + 5 = 10. If your child is confident you may like to go up to 20. Can you complete the ladybird doubling sheet so that one side is double the other side? What is the total?

If your child is interested....

Ladybird Shape picture – Can you cut out the shapes and put the ladybird back together?

Comparing number of ladybirds – Look at the comparing ladybird pictures and chilli questions. Can you work out which leaf has more/ fewer ladybirds? Can you put it in a verbal sentence e.g. This leaf has fewer ladybirds than this leaf. If your child is confident can they work out how many more (they can cross out the ones that are the same amount then count the extras).

Minibeast Number Activities

  1. Eye Spy Minibeasts. Can you spot and count all the minibeasts accurately? Remember to cross them off as you find them so you know which ones you have counted. There is a 0-10 and 0-20 version of this. Please choose the most suitable one for your child.
  2. Minibeast number bonds to 10. Cut out the cards and place them upside. Pick up two cards and count all the minibeasts. If they total 10 you get to keep the cards. Who gets the most pairs? Which pairs make 10?
  3. Minibeast sorting – cut out the minibeast pictures and discuss different ways that we could sort them e.g. wings and no wings/ 6 legs, more than 6 legs, less than 6 legs. Can you think of your own ways to sort them?
  4. Minibeast counting and questions sheet. Read the questions to your child. Can they hunt for the answers?
  5. Minibeast estimation. Look at the estimation questions and minibeast estimation poster. Focus on estimating first rather than counting straight away. Can we estimate how many birds are in the tree? How many toys are in the box? How many spoons are in the draw?
  6. Colour by number. Can you colour the minibeasts in the right colours?

Noah's Ark - maths investigation



In class this week we were going to be learning about money. These are some ideas you can complete at home over the next week to support your child (do a little each day and recap learning from the day before if possible).


1) Try and lay out the following coins: 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p. Make labels with these amounts on.

  • Teach your child the coins, put them in order from smallest to largest.
  • Sort them by colour and shape e.g. round/ has corners.
  • Play a game where you turn over a label and match it to the coin.
  • Put the coins in a bag - your child has to describe it to you, can you guess which coin it is? Swap over.

2) If possible create a pile of 10 x 1p coins (if you don't have enough use the print out attached).

  • Show a 2p, 5p, 10p coin. Can children match your amount using 1p coins?
  • Now show a pile of 10 x 2p coins. Can we make 10p using 2p coins? (We do 2 taps for a 2p coin to help us understand its value). Try making other amounts using 2p coins.
  • If your child is confident can they use 5p coins to make 10p, 15p etc counting in 5s? Can they use 10p coins to make 20p, 30p etc counting in tens.

3) Make a shop (base this on your child's interests e.g. dinosaur shop. )

  • Make some price labels between 1 and 20p or if your child is confident include multiples of 10 such as 30p/ 50p
  • Have some 1p and 2p coins (higher value coins if your child is confident). Take it in turns of being the customer and shop keeper (go in role modelling spoken language that would be used e.g. 'Good morning, welcome to the toy shop. What would you like to buy today?' Support your child in helping to count out the correct money or to check your money is correct if you are paying.

4)  Use this game to support their learning and the attached activity sheets.

Please ask if you have any questions or if your child struggles with any of the above.  


Topmarks is a great  website for the children to consolidate their maths skills.

 - a game for the children to recognise numbers and practise counting forwards and backwards in steps.

  - a game for children to sequence and order numbers.

  - a game for children to make patterns.