Maths About Me

Maths About My World

Numbers Everywhere

Numbers Everywhere

Numbers in the supermarket

Numbers in the street

Numbers on our letterboxes

And on everything we eat.

Numbers on our money

Numbers on the phone

Numbers on the sports field

Enough to make you groan.



Numbers on the calendar

Numbers in a queue

Numbers in the kitchen,

Laundry, bathroom too.

Numbers in the library

And numbers in my  book

Numbers on ‘most everything

And everywhere I look!

Barbara Braxton

  1. Make a photo collage of all the ways you have used maths today. Add to it each time you find something new in or outside your home.
  2. Choose something from your collage and explain the maths ii requires, such as knowing the symbols and sequence of numbers to ring a friend.
  3. Ask your parents to identify 10 ways they have used numbers today and get them to add to your collage.
  4. Take photos from weird angles of everyday objects around your home that require maths to make them or use them or do them. Challenge your family members to identify them.
  5. Read the poem Numbers Everywhere.
  6. Use what you have learned to add another verse.

Watch the season change by making a daily weather chart including mapping the daily minimum and maximum temperature using a thermometer.

Observe the changes that the changes in the weather make on our lives. Make a list of these and add to it each time you discover something new

Design a weather chart for a month so that each cell is the same size and large enough for you to draw your weather symbols

Find a recipe for cupcakes and get the ingredients. Investigate

  • the heaviest item
  • the lightest
  • are the eggs heavier than the margarine
  • if a kilogram of sugar weighs more than a kilogram of cupcakes


2. Have an adult help you make a batch of cupcakes. Make enough so each member of your family can have at least  two each.

Make a television timetable for your family. Have each person choose one thing they want to watch each day. Investigate what time it is on and draw up a chart. Include a clock face to show the time it is their turn.

Investigate the phone numbers for these services and make a chart for your family…


Your family

A trusted adult you can call for help

Your best friend

Your favourite place to eat

Other numbers important to you.

Look at a calendar.

How is it arranged?

What do the numbers tell us?

Can you work out the pattern such as how many days between each Tuesday? Why is it ordered like this?

Solve these problems…

What is today’s date?

What date will it be a week from today?

What day is your birthday this year?

What days are the birthdays of your family members?

What day is Christmas Day?

How many days on the calendar this year?

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