Activities and Downloads Overview

Children learn by doing

Research in education tells us over and over that hands on activities have more impact than verbal or written explanations alone. Simple manipulatives and pictures are used as key elements to illustrate math concepts.

Download our free guidelines and templates for games, outright playful and more serious activities to develop the math centers in your children’s brain. There are sample activities to develop number sense, visuo-spatial activities and templates. Have fun!

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Number sense activities              Math concept                          
Rules of Thumb General approach for teaching your child
Number walk and Bedtime book Learning number words, counting, one to one relationship, starting with the numerals
Take a guess before you count Subitizing, small quantity estimation, quantity comparison
Learning to count on the kitchen tiles Counting up and counting down, numerals
First, Second, and Third place Play a game to learn the cardinal numbers
Number cards counting and sorting activity  NEW Counting by ones and tens, and sorting by tens
Number-line addition and subtraction Number-line, distance, counting, skip counting, addition, subtraction
On the Double Introducing the concept of multiplication by doubling
Conquer the Multiplication Tables Basic understanding of the multiplication tables till ten
Help with fractions Help your child to grasp the concept of fractions
Understanding fractions and Fractions Booklet Explanation how to make the most of the Fractions Booklet
Fractions Booklet My fractions book: whole and parts, add and subtract like parts
Fraction Notation activities and cards NEW Understanding Fraction notation and concepts
Cross out cross-multiplication Prevent confusion with cross-multiplication by showing all steps
Visuo-spatial activities  Math concept 
Symmetry activity: looking left and right Symmetry drawings: sizes and shapes, line of symmetry, symmetrical shape
Ruler number sense activity NEW Estimating size of numbers
Thinking about Area by folding Fold to divide an area in similar parts, area is width times length
Pegboards Copy patterns and shapes
Patterns from concrete to abstract From patterns with concrete objects to number patterns
Templates  Math concept
Counting place-mat  Counting to five
Number-bonds place-mat   Number-bonds to ten
Number cards    Color coded number cards 1 – 100
Base ten template  Ones, tens, hundreds
Domino Doubles cards  Learning the Doubles from 0 – 9



Ten tips to help your child with Math homework

It can be hard to help your child with Math homework. For one child an explanation of the procedure works, another child would like to see a worked out example or ‘act out’ the question by making a drawing or using manipulatives before doing the calculations with numbers. A positive attitude is always helpful. 

Here are some suggestions:

  • Ask your child what the question is he likes to have help with and to tell what is already clear and where it gets tricky.
  • Ask which operation the questions asks for: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division? 
  • Ask him if he can make a guess of the answer before starting the exact calculation. Discuss if the guess makes sense and why.
  • Ask if he can find an explanation or worked out example in the textbook or in his notes?
  • Ask him to write the number sentence of the question on squared/graph paper using one square for each number or sign, and give it a try to solve it.
  • Does your child need graph paper (square paper) to keep the numbers aligned or to help with drawing a model?
  • Does your child need a temporary ‘cheat sheet’ with math facts?
  • Can you find or make up a similar, but less complicated question to do as an example?
  • Suggest to go over the corrections of previous questions looking for a similar mistake and ask your child to tell you how it was fixed. Ask him to fix the question he was working on in the same way.
  • Suggest that your child makes a list of previous errors and how they were fixed, review the list.
  • Does your child like to work together with another student from the class or make a phone call about the question?
  • Is your child’s teacher available before or after school to explain the question? By email?

Be realistic and allow time for practice. Children who have missed out in Math in the past need more practice. You want to see progress and you can’t expect 100% correct the first time. Praise the effort and the deep thinking! Emphasize that Math makes sense, never speak negatively about math or tell that you as a child disliked the subject.

Last but not least: as much as you like your child to get a good homework grade, please resist the urge to just provide the correct answers. You help your child best when you set the stage to come up with the answers himself.

If your child is really stuck try a web based homework helper such as  or  select ‘Education & Reference’ or review the topic on  





Many adults who gave up on Math in school are still struggling with basic calculations and are uncomfortable to speak about it.

Do you know you can increase your math skills at ANY age?

Here’s a way to understand and practice Math skills that are really useful in everyday life.

Take a course or try some of these excellent short videos at BBC SkillsWise Maths: Click HERE

Play to improve Math


Nowadays kids want social media and computers for everything, including learning, and to be frank the older generation would probably have wanted it too, if it was available…

The BBC has always been a forerunner when it comes to quality programming and their free math learning activities are no exception. Here kids have a choice off activities to engage in and this will make them enjoy the learning:


You can play interactive games to develop basic Math skills .

This interactive program was developed by a team of educational specialists for students who struggle in Math just like you!

The Number Race was developed for ages 4 – 8 by Dr AJ Wilson and Dr S Dehaene at the Unicog Institute in Paris and available for free from Source Forge in several languages.

You will be surprised: many students who started out disliking Math have discovered they are able to learn Math and actually like the subject this way.

The Number Race

Symmetry: Looking Left and Right

Many children with dyscalculia (or with dyslexia) have at some stage trouble with visuo-spatial skills and tasks that involve right-left discrimination or eye-hand coordination.

An easy method that makes practicing these tasks enjoyable is completing a number of ‘line of symmetry drawings’.

Download some free samples for your KG – grade 2 student here: {nicedownloads:4}