Dinner Time Maths

Dinner Time Maths + The Simpsons = Mathematical Genius

Dinner time is the perfect time for conversations and a great opportunity to engage with your children. The idea of Dinner Time Maths is to add a small spark of maths to the conversation. Discuss a mathematical idea as a family or solve a problem together.
Would you believe the Simpsons is loaded with references to complex mathematics and is actually known to be “the most mathematically sophisticated television show in the history of prime time broadcasting”?  Al Jean one of the executive producers went to Harvard University to study mathematics at the age of just 16. Other writers and […]

Dinner Time Maths – Popcorn Challenge

Dinner time is the perfect time for conversations and a great opportunity to engage with your children. The idea of Dinner Time Maths is to add a small spark of maths to the conversation. Discuss a mathematical idea as a family or solve a problem together.
Tonight’s conversation comes to us via figurethis.org. A great place to find some fun family maths challenges. All you need is a bowl of yummy popcorn and a couple pieces of A4 paper. You can make two cylinders (or tubes) using two separate A4 pieces of paper. Roll one into a short cylinder and […]

Dinner Time Maths – How Have You Used Maths Today?

Dinner time is the perfect time for conversations and a great opportunity to engage with your children. The idea of Dinner Time Maths is to add a small spark of maths to the conversation. Discuss a mathematical idea as a family or solve a problem together.

Help your children appreciate the importance of maths in their everyday life.
Ask your children how they used maths in their day today. Start by telling them how you used maths in your day. Perhaps you had to calculate the GST on an account, maybe you checked the amount of change you were given at […]

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    Dinner Time Maths – Lollies Lollies I love to eat – Skip Counting by 3

Dinner Time Maths – Lollies Lollies I love to eat – Skip Counting by 3

Here is a fun poem to share with your children over the dinner table. It’s a bit silly but a lot of fun. It teaches skip counting by 3’s. Try come up with a poem of your own over dinner to skip count by twos, threes, fours or fives. This could be quite a laugh at the dinner table. Thinking of rhyming words and coming up with a poem as a family is not only great fun but it is also excellent for your children’s cognitive and language development. Throw in the skip counting as the theme for your […]

Dinner Time Maths – Add a Riddle to the Menu

Dinner time is the perfect time for conversations and the perfect time to engage with your children. The idea of dinner time maths is to add a small spark of maths to the conversation. Discuss a mathematical idea as a family or solve a problem together.
This evening try a maths riddle or two at the dinner table. Here are a couple of riddles (and the answers) for you to try.

Riddle 1: The ages of a father and his son add up to 66. The father’s age is the son’s age in reverse. How old could they be?
 
Riddle 2: What […]

Dinner Time Maths – Discount Sign FAILS

Dinner time is the perfect time for conversations and the perfect time to engage with your children. The idea of dinner time maths is to add a small spark of maths to the conversation. Discuss a mathematical idea as a family or solve a problem together.

Tonight’s dinner time maths discussion revolves around discount sign FAILS.

Start by showing your children this picture.   Ask them what is wrong with the sign and ask them if they can figure out what it should say. This one is just to get them warmed up. This next discount sign fail will allow for a […]