I’m rubbish at maths so when sons’ school had a Maths Day recently I nodded off at the thought. But they pulled it off in a really clever and engaging way – using card tricks, bingo and ‘magic’ numbers.
I’d like to share with you a couple of tricks we learned.
WHAT’S ON MY FOREHEAD?
Needs 2 people to participate.
And a pack of playing cards.
1. Each player takes a card, without looking at it, and sticks it on their forehead using the miracle adhesive that is a child’s sweaty brow. The card needs to show its face.
2. Now each player can see the other’s card but they can’t see their own.
3. Referee tells the players the total value of the cards combined.
4. Then each player has to guess the value of their own card.
THINK OF A NUMBER
Try this for yourself.
1. Think of a number. Any number.
2. Double it.
3. Add 10.
4. Divide by two.
5. Take away the original number.
6. And I bet I can guess what you’re left with.
It’s FIVE, isn’t it?
At the end of the Maths Day we bought a book that contains lots of games like this to help your kids get interested in numbers, called Maths for Mums and Dads by Rob Eastaway and Mike Askew. Google it. I’m sure it will be on Amazon.