Our home—break it down!

Tape measure on building plans
Primary school 4-12 years

This maths activity can be modified to suit all ages. It can help your child develop maths skills, such as counting, measuring length and fractions, and percentages.

What you will need:

  • A notepad for each child playing the game
  • A tape measure

Method:

  • Prepare a list of maths questions about your home, appropriate for each child playing the game. See some of our suggestions.
  • Encourage your child or children to walk around the house and fill out the various answers in their notepad.
  • Encourage children to use measures, like hand spans, or if appropriate, a tape measure, to measure objects.

Suggested questions:

Counting:

  • How many pillows are on the beds in the house?
  • How many people live in our house?
  • How many windows are in the house?
  • How many teaspoons are in the cutlery drawer?
  • How many toothbrushes are in the bathroom?
  • How many shoes are in your wardrobe?

Measuring length:

  • How high is the oven?
  • How wide is the washing machine?
  • How long is the television remote?
  • What are the dimensions of a face washer?

Fractions and percentages:

  • How much of the bathroom do you think the bath takes up?
  • What fraction (or percentage) of the rooms are bedrooms?

Last modified on Monday 20 February 2017 [49|735]

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