4 tips on how to make maths fun to children

Did you hate maths as a child? You are not alone! Many of us remember maths classes in school as boring, hard, or something you just had to sit through. In maths class, it can feel like the emphasis is placed on children sitting still, following directions, and filling out worksheets unrelated to their own desires or curiosity. It is often regarded as a chore rather than an exciting moment of learning. This is something that needs to be changed… so how do we do that? 

1. Reassess our language – use positive words instead of negative ones when we talk about maths

Many adults have a bad relation to maths, which easily gets transferred to the children and can create a bad start for the relationship between the children and mathematics. Even if you don’t like maths or doesn’t find yourself good or comfortable with it – try to address it as something fun and positive.  

2. Get started early – it will help more than you know! 

Studies have shown that maths competence among children aged 5–6 is the strongest predictor for general school achievement. By getting your child used to mathematics from an early age, you can create a positive and fun feeling around it – and give your child the best start in their life.  

3. Find Math Magic every day – create fun moments that contain maths  

You can easily integrate maths into everyday activities that your child enjoys! You could let your little one measure ingredients for your cooking, or talk with them about the shapes of objects in your home. There are an infinite number of small moments during the day to highlight the maths in your everyday life.

4. You don’t have to do it alone – find digital tools and online resources that your child likes 

As a parent, it can feel like you’re on your own trying to guide your child’s education and development, but there are so many tools and resources that can help you! Screen time doesn’t have to be something bad – you can turn it into something valuable and informative, not just a way to distract your little one for a few minutes of peace. For example, there are plenty of YouTube videos that incorporate counting and numbers, as well as a wide array of maths apps on the market. Explore them together with your child.

We can help you – Count on me! uses Game-Embedded Teaching to improve children’s maths learning. 

By packaging something that sometimes feels boring (maths) into something that children enjoy (a gaming adventure), we have tried to make screen time both educational and entertaining in equal measure. The exercises adapt to your child’s individual knowledge, and best of all: they will improve their maths knowledge with just 15 minutes of screen time per day.  

As a parent, it can feel like you’re on your own trying to guide your child’s education and development, but there are so many tools and resources that can help you! Screen time doesn’t have to be something bad – you can turn it into something valuable and informative, not just a way to distract your little one for a few minutes of peace. For example, there are plenty of YouTube videos that incorporate counting and numbers, as well as a wide array of maths apps on the market. Explore them together with your child.

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