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If you want more than a run around maths game using PE equipment, then this is the page for you. There is magic in maths which comes alive outside. Children appreciate the opportunity to work in groups, experiment and investigate with bigger materials. A pleasant change from jotter and textbook activities.
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The activities below have not been age/stage ranked as generally each one can be tweaked with a little imagination to suit most ages and stages. Enjoy browsing…
Combining maths with art on a wet weather day to explore and create symmetrical patterns from nature
Great for permanently capturing symmetrical objects with along one axis.
Where symmetry begins
Moving onto to play based experiences in the outdoor space or school grounds
It’s all about symmetry, not of pattern but of balance!
Exploring the mathematical art of kaleidoscopic symmetry
Stick insects – made from sticks. Simple and absorbing challenge for children that can be easily differentiated.
Developing the language of shape!
Creating triangles from sticks
And making dens in the process!
An ‘crafty’ way of revising key maths concepts during the festive season
A geometric investigation sparked by flower beds
An nature-art approach to learning about and exploring the properties of 2D shapes. Suitable for all ages.
Brilliantly simple approach to exploring properties of 2D shapes especially if you have an old tarp that could be re-used. Suitable for all ages.
A super simple activity. Try it and see!
Taking a new angle on an old subject
A stick challenge linking numbers to angles, particularly right, acute and obtuse angles
An interesting investigation in to angles outside
Explore shape, position and movement in different ways through designer playground markings
Some innovative examples of mathematical design from staff and children at one primary school.
A little thinking around the attributes of leaves
Infinite possibilities for recurrent patterns
The brilliant dance of potential when nature is used to explore maths and art concepts. Just sit down and play!
Some simple ideas to get you and your children investigating this concept
Build your own from sticks
An interesting mathematical feature within a public playground
Exploring pattern outside on very wet days
A wee cross-curricular outdoor maths project
A good way to introduce or revise the concept of pairs
10 outdoor maths activities which focus on the number 100.
Using natural materials to practise cooperatively counting 20 objects
Learn tables naturally with leaves
Some thinking around using objects to represent numerical values
Lets get the mental maths going with stick tapping fun!
A collection of stones to help children learn their times tables.
Shiver me timbers! A landlubbing activity looking at sycamore leaves for work on numbers
What combination of syringes would work best to win a water fight?
Making a fraction wall from sticks
Using sticks again to challenge thinking
How to use leaves to help children learn about fractions
Outdoor activities to help develop a concept of time
A simple clock to tell the time outside
Incredibly simple activity for young children
One big stick for measuring everything and anything!
Opportunity from coppiced wood to grow my collection of sticks
Problem solving, teamwork and creative ways of measuring the height of stacked sticks
The sequel to the stick stacking maths challenge – see what the class did next!
Introducing Sammy the Snake to help your children learn about measurement, fractions, forming numerals and many other aspects of maths. So simple, so yummy…
Looking at traditions around money and trees
Time to pave your slabs with gold
Data handling activities
Margins of error in measuring whilst looking at the mean, median and mode
In a rather dull outdoor space it’s amazing what can be achieved!
How many daisies do you squash with every step you take?
Interesting open-ended maths investigations
Brilliantly simple concept! Perfect for learning about patterns, relationships and mathematical rules.
Extend the rainbow maths sticks concept using loom bands on twigs. A bit quicker than weaving!
Give children a challenge and see where they take it.
Creating labyrinths from rope and chalk
Good for strategy, problem-solving and pattern work using natural materials
A puzzle for all ages
An open-ended picture play game with sticks. Suitable for all ages and a good activity for debate, discussion and thinking
Time to revisit the classic 70’s board game – with an outdoor twist.
Infinite possibilities for learning about patterns, rules, attributes and number recognition
When a play-based activity turns into a mathematical game. Lovely guest post from Niki Willows.
Topic related maths – maths in context
Lots of beastly maths ideas for different ages and stages…
A free and found natural resource with plenty of maths potential
Juliet runs outdoor maths courses and workshops for pre-school and primary practitioners and teachers
Here’s some examples of activities which have been covered:
Extending play-based learning through primary school
Suggestions for activities from the participants at this outdoor TeachMeet
Any teacher can teach outside! Andrea Stevenson talks about her experiences of getting out there and teaching maths to all ages outdoors with no prior experience.