World Maths Week 
7 Inventive Maths Activities

Prepare for World Maths Week with some fresh ideas from around the web

Next week, the whole world celebrates the queen of all sciences and, with some creative maths activities, so can the little ones at your nursery.

So, divide kids the up into smaller groups, add some sweets, subtract boredom and multiply the fun!

Flipping Pancakes

The activityPancake Number Match by Coffee Cups and Crayons

In a nutshell – A fun variation of the classic match pairs memory game. Kids learn how different numbers look and are spelt.

What you need

  • Paper circles
  • A pen
  • A Spatula

Our tip? – Could be a nice activity for Shrove Tuesday too.

Skittle Patterns

The activityCreating Patterns With Skittles by Math Geek Mama

In a nutshell – This exercise develops how kids recognise patterns, which is a crucial mathematical skill. Kids imitate colourful circles by placing skittles in the same order.

What you need

  • Printed cards
  • Skittles (or pom poms if you have to watch the sugar)

Our tip? – Once kids get used to this activity, experiment with more advanced objects that vary in shape.

Recognising Shapes

The activityMaking Shapes by

In a nutshell – Shape recognition is hugely important to developing maths skills. With this game, kids work out to recognise simple shapes by finding the matching craft stick.

What you need

  • Craft Sticks
  • Different coloured markers

Our tip? – Once the kids have got the hang of it, why not try some more abstract shape?

Numbers in Real Life

The activityI Spy Number Trays by Munchkins and Moms

In a nutshell – Help children associate numbers to real-life items. Put a foam number on a tray along with various objects that relate to it. You could try the numeral, a triangle, the letter C for example and then start the well-known guessing game ‘I spy with my little eye…’

What you need

  • Tray
  • Foam numbers
  • Animal figurines
  • Dice / Dominos / Other numerical game pieces

Our tip? – Once your little ones understand the rules, get a big box of random items and let kids create their own trays.


The activity Start a Survey by

In a nutshell – Not only do kids start to understand how to collect information and see how it all connects, but they start to develop interpersonal skills by working together. Kids can collect simple information about each other, such as their favourite animals.

What you need

  • Poster board
  • Markers
  • Blank paper
  • Pencils

Our tip? – Ask kids to poll their relatives and friends from outside the nursery and compare the results the following day.

Lego Time

The activity Counting and Measuring with Lego from The Imagination Tree

In a nutshell – Who doesn’t love lego? By numbering up the pieces with numerals and dots, kids can learn to count up as they build. If they don’t know the numeral, they can just count the dots.

What you need

  • Lego
  • A marker

Our tip? – Once you’ve made a tower, the kids can use it to measure and compare different things around the nursery.

QR Codes

The activity Skip Counting with QR Codes by Playdough to Plato

In a nutshell – Feeling a bit hi-tech? Create personalised codes with answers to maths problems and, once the kids are done solving the problem, they can scan the code to check if they were right. Interactive and rewarding!

What you need

  • Tablets / Smartphones
  • Codes & printables (There’s a free set at the link)

Our tip? – Once you’ve made a tower, the kids can use it to measure and compare different things around the nursery.

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