# Maths Outdoors

A comprehensive collection of 70+ outdoor maths ideas, activities and suggestions. They are open-ended and many work well with a range of ages and abilities. Most just rely on a few free and found resources. Check them out!

#### Outdoor Maths in Primary and EY

This is a Facebook Group set up in April 2017. Please join so you can share your ideas and learn from others’ experiences. Over 1000 people did so within a few hours of going live!

#### Outdoor Maths books and packs

This is a list of books and lesson plans, etc.

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…

## Symmetry investigations

#### Nature Symmetry Circles

Combining maths with art on a wet weather day to explore and create symmetrical patterns from nature

#### Investigating Symmetry Outdoors Using Photo Booth

Great for permanently capturing symmetrical objects with along one axis.

#### Outdoor Reflections

Where symmetry begins

#### Reflections into Symmetry

Moving onto to play based experiences in the outdoor space or school grounds

#### Make a Kite

It’s all about symmetry, not of pattern but of balance!

#### Kaleidoscope Images and Symmetry

Exploring the mathematical art of kaleidoscopic symmetry

#### Stick insect symmetry

Stick insects – made from sticks. Simple and absorbing challenge for children that can be easily differentiated.

## Shape explorations

#### An Outdoor Shape Activity with Sticks

Developing the language of shape!

#### Stick Logic

Creating triangles from sticks

#### Creating 3D Shapes from Sticks

And making dens in the process!

#### The Mathematics of Festive Crafts

An ‘crafty’ way of revising key maths concepts during the festive season

#### Must a triangle always have straight sides?

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.

#### Give your old tarp a maths makeover

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.

#### 2D shape art with leaves

A creative blend of art, maths and science using the colour and shape of leaves as a starting point

## Angles outside

#### Investigating right angles with sticks

A super simple activity. Try it and see!

#### Right angles

Taking a new angle on an old subject

#### Angles and Numerals

A stick challenge linking numbers to angles, particularly right, acute and obtuse angles

#### Angles in Nature

An interesting investigation in to angles outside

## Playground markings

#### Open-ended Playground Markings

Explore shape, position and movement in different ways through designer playground markings

#### Original Playground Markings

Some innovative examples of mathematical design from staff and children at one primary school.

## Pattern work

#### Leaf Logic

A little thinking around the attributes of leaves

#### Scale and Geometric Patterns with Sticks

Infinite possibilities for recurrent patterns

#### White Line Pebble Maths

The brilliant dance of potential when nature is used to explore maths and art concepts. Just sit down and play!

#### Fractals in Nature

Some simple ideas to get you and your children investigating this concept

#### The Macquarie Playground Spiral

An interesting mathematical feature within a public playground

#### Rainy Day Rubbings

Exploring pattern outside on very wet days

#### The Fibonacci Sequence and Nature

A wee cross-curricular outdoor maths project

#### An Outdoor Memory Game

A good way to introduce or revise the concept of pairs

#### Nature pyramid patterns

Same or different? A pattern-based exploration of probability

## Number activities

#### Celebrating 100 Days at School

10 outdoor maths activities which focus on the number 100.

#### 20 Something Maths Pictures

Using natural materials to practise cooperatively counting 20 objects

#### Leaf Multiplication

Learn tables naturally with leaves

#### Algebraic Equations

Some thinking around using objects to represent numerical values

#### Number Bonds with Sticks

Lets get the mental maths going with stick tapping fun!

#### Multiplication Pebbles

A collection of stones to help children learn their times tables.

#### The Black Spot – Pirate Maths Outdoors

Shiver me timbers! A landlubbing activity looking at sycamore leaves for work on numbers

#### Maths war with syringes

What combination of syringes would work best to win a water fight?

#### Using Sticks to Understand Fractions

Making a fraction wall from sticks

#### Fractions, Decimals and Percentages Outdoor Activities

Using sticks again to challenge thinking

#### Leaf Fraction Walls

How to use leaves to help children learn about fractions

#### The stripy stick subitising challenge

Developing subitising skills and conservation of number through white stripy sticks!

#### The joy of a pocket-sized cotton ten frame

How a little foldable cloth ten frame can aid outdoor investigations within and beyond number work.

#### Stick Pic Problems

The brilliance of sticks cut to specific lengths for creating interesting addition-based problem-solving pictures. Wowser!

## Measurement

#### Time Outside

Outdoor activities to help develop a concept of time

#### Measuring the Size of Sticks

Incredibly simple activity for young children

#### Measuring Sticks

One big stick for measuring everything and anything!

#### Making Maths Sticks

Opportunity from coppiced wood to grow my collection of sticks

#### Stick Stacking Maths Challenge

Problem solving, teamwork and creative ways of measuring the height of stacked sticks

#### Outdoor Measuring Continues

The sequel to the stick stacking maths challenge – see what the class did next!

#### The Magic of 1-Metre Rope Snakes

Introducing Sammy the Snake to help your children learn about measurement, fractions, forming numerals and many other aspects of maths. So simple, so yummy…

## Money

#### Does Money Grow on Trees?

Looking at traditions around money and trees

#### Embedding money outdoors

Time to pave your slabs with gold

## Data handling activities

#### Kids Measure in Miserable Weather

Margins of error in measuring whilst looking at the mean, median and mode

#### Information or data handling activities outdoors

In a rather dull outdoor space it’s amazing what can be achieved!

#### Daisy Footprints

How many daisies do you squash with every step you take?

#### Maths investigations from Tyntesfield Primary School

A range of challenges for all ages that involve different elements of data handling.

## Interesting open-ended maths investigations

#### Rainbow Maths Sticks

Brilliantly simple concept! Perfect for learning about patterns, relationships and mathematical rules.

#### Loom Band Maths Sticks

Extend the rainbow maths sticks concept using loom bands on twigs. A bit quicker than weaving!

#### Amazing Mazes

Give children a challenge and see where they take it.

#### Labyrinths, Spirals and Ropes

Creating labyrinths from rope and chalk

#### Dara – An outdoor African maths game

Good for strategy, problem-solving and pattern work using natural materials

#### A Leafy Tower of Hanoi

A puzzle for all ages

#### A Maths Stick Picture Game

An open-ended picture play game with sticks. Suitable for all ages and a good activity for debate, discussion and thinking

#### Nature Mastermind

Time to revisit the classic 70’s board game – with an outdoor twist.

#### A Number Pebble Game

Infinite possibilities for learning about patterns, rules, attributes and number recognition

#### A magical maths moment

When a play-based activity turns into a mathematical game. Lovely guest post from Niki Willows.

## Topic related maths – maths in context

#### A Pocket Outdoor Maths Kit

Mini maths resources which fit into my pocket for spontaneous maths moments

#### 15 Minibeast Outdoor Maths Challenges

Lots of beastly maths ideas for different ages and stages…

#### 10 Maths Challenges that use Cones

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:

#### Messy Maths Outdoors

Extending play-based learning through primary school

#### TeachMeet Beyond and the Outdoor Numeracy Notes

Suggestions for activities from the participants at this outdoor TeachMeet

#### 100 Maths Sessions Outside

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.

#### Crianlarich Primary – Maths Trailblazers

How to kick start an outdoor maths project with the help of parents and visiting teachers.

## Investigating Symmetry Outdoors Using Photo Booth

24 May 2013

Following up on challenges and activities to further develop children’s core skills.

## Make a Kite by Re-using Plastic Bags, Etc.

4 May 2013

Making a kite from waste materials – science, design and maths in action.

## A Maths Stick Picture Game

30 April 2013

Sticks, children and maths outdoors are the perfect combination for learning!

## Rainy Day Rubbings – Exploring Pattern Outside

23 April 2013

When investigating patterns outside, there are many ways of doing this. On rainy days it could be…..

## Does Money Grow on Trees?

23 March 2013

If this arises as a topic of conversation, little children may wish to see if they can find ways of making a money tree.

## Stick Logic

26 January 2013

Maths and sticks are the perfect combination for Maths Outdoors!

## Algebraic Equations

6 January 2013

The idea of objects representing numbers is not new and works well for reinforcing basic numeracy skills.

## Art, Design, Maths and Playground Markings

20 November 2012

Playground markings that aren’t your average hopscotch or alphabet snake.

## Outdoor Maths: Angles and Numerals

7 November 2012

Sticks + Angles = Wood + Maths Outdoors

## The Black Spot – Pirate Maths Outdoors

30 October 2012

Leaves and maths outdoors for all ye landlubbers…arrr!

## Outdoor Maths: Right Angles

2 August 2012

Exploring 2D shapes and right angles outdoors.

## Dara – An Outdoor African Maths Game

15 July 2012

How to play the Nigerian maths game, Dara.

## Outdoor Measuring Continues

4 July 2012

One metre length sticks are great for measuring outdoors.

## Stick stacking maths challenge

26 May 2012

Long live sticks! They make maths fanta-stick!

## Fractions, Decimals and Percentages Outdoor Activities

12 May 2012

Sticks are stonking for working out fractions.

30 April 2012

## Outdoor Maths: Creating 3D Shapes from Sticks

21 March 2012

Sticks are making maths ever-more interesting outside.

## Outdoor Maths: Fractals in Nature

12 February 2012

Fractals in nature, patterns with sticks…it’s all part of maths outdoors.

## How to Make a Fractal Dragon with Sticks

4 February 2012

Now that the Chinese New Year has arrived, 2012 is officially the Year of the Dragon.

## Making Maths Sticks

9 November 2011

Coppicing provides perfect sticks for maths outdoors.

## Measuring Sticks

20 October 2011

The real objects we treasure have a personal value.

## Outdoor Maths: Measuring the Size of Sticks

3 September 2011

A simple activity for learning about measuring using…sticks!

7 July 2011

## Kids Measure in Miserable Weather

29 June 2011

Doing the whole lesson outside in challenging weather.

## Original Playground Markings

23 June 2011

Almost every Scottish school likes to have a few playground markings adorning their acres of tarmac.

## Operation Bearings: Top Secret

18 June 2011

WWII spy training!

## Outdoor Maths: Using sticks to understand fractions

11 June 2011

A very simple outdoor challenge for children to try.

## TeachMeet Beyond and the Outdoor Numeracy Notes!

30 May 2011

An opportunity to meet other teachers and compare outdoor learning activities.

## Outdoor Maths: investigating right angles with sticks

22 May 2011

The concept of a right angle can often stump children.

## An outdoor shape activity with sticks

19 May 2011

The sticks are getting a serious amount of use at the moment.

## Number Bonds with Sticks

6 May 2011

Sticks are an essential resource for many outdoor activities.

## Scale and Geometric Patterns with Sticks

3 May 2011

I do believe every school needs sticks!

## From Reflections into Symmetry Outdoors

24 April 2011

Various reflective surfaces can be created or found.

## Outdoor Reflections

13 April 2011

Have fun with symmetry, reflections and patterns.

## More Messy Maths and Other Ideas

1 April 2011

Workshops at the Grounds for Learning National Networking Conference.

## Messy Maths Outdoors

19 March 2011

Making learning maths outdoors fun!

## A Leafy Tower of Hanoi

4 November 2010

Traditionally completed on rods with wooden discs, this one’s with leaves!

## Leaf Logic

8 October 2010

Logic, thinking and strategy activity for outdoor learning with leaves.

## Stones

11 June 2010

Stones are a great outdoor learning resource.