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Three easy ideas for learning maths at home

Aug 20, 2021 | Learning at home

Three easy ideas for learning maths at home

While parents and students are at home working and learning around the kitchen table or in the lounge, it can be hard to form a routine. Quick and fun activities or games are a great way to switch gear. Here are three easy ideas for learning maths at home. Each task card inspires some fun at home while reinforcing mathematical skills – all you need is a deck of cards.


Are the kids feeling fuzzy? This is a simple card game for individual or group play that gets everyone classifying objects and focusing on the task at hand. 

I am learning to recognise number names, numbers, dot patterns and finger patterns to 10.

Equipment needed

  • Playing cards

Aim of the game

Collect as many pairs of cards that have the same value as possible.

Playing instructions

  • Play in pairs.
  • Place all of the cards face down on the floor or another large flat surface.
  • In turn each player picks up two cards.
  • If both cards have the same value, the player sets them aside as a pair.
  • Play until all the cards have been used up. The player who has collected more pairs is the winner.
Card games for learning maths at home

The Tortoise and the Hare 

Based on a well-known fable and suited to pairs, this fast-paced game is perfect for reinforcing children’s recall of basic facts up to 10. 

I am learning to recall basic facts to 10.

Equipment needed

  • Playing cards 

Aim of the game

Collect as many pairs of cards as possible.

Playing instructions

  • Play in pairs.
  • Shuffle the cards and deal them all out, face down, equally between the players. Decide whether you are going to add or subtract the cards.
  • Each player turns over the top card in their own pile.
  • The first player to say the answer for the two cards keeps the pair.
  • The cards are placed at the bottom of that player’s pile.
  • The game continues until one player has all the cards.
Card games for learning maths at home

Quick Draw

Develop everyone’s mental maths skills as they practice using addition, subtraction and multiplication whilst trying to collect as many cards as possible. 

I am practising my use of addition, subtraction and multiplication.

Equipment needed

  • Deck of playing cards (without the picture cards)  

Aim of the game

To collect more cards than the other player.

Playing instructions (two players)

  • The dealer deals out the pack of cards, half to each player.
  • Each player draws one of their cards and places it face up in front of them and then as quickly as possible adds the two numbers together and calls out the answer.
  • The player who is first to answer correctly keeps the cards. The child with more cards at the end of the game is the winner.
  • Alternatively multiply the two cards together, or subtract the lower value from the higher one.
Card games for learning maths at home

Sometimes students (and teachers and parents!) need a break from dense, content-heavy lessons. These three easy ideas for learning maths at home are perfect for lightening the load while practicing basic maths concepts. For more learning at home ideas, try these ideas from author Angie Simmons or why not check out our latest Learning from Home resources!


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