Recently someone on one of my social networks posted a fantastic site for finding maths posters. It’s called “A Maths Dictionary for Kids” and it is a great site for fancy, printable posters on a wide variety of maths topics. All well and good, but we don’t live in a huge house and we haven’t got a lot of room for putting up posters around the place. And anyway, I’ve never really been a fan of classroom-style interior decor!
Nevertheless, we do use these kinds of posters – we print them, laminate them, then used them as place mats for the children. And they love them! They get to quiz each other, play games and memorise while eating – and goodness knows they do that an awful lot!
We don’t just do this with maths posters. In the past we have made place mats of the other topics too. One of the favourites has been the periodic table. We spent many a mealtime discussing the pronunciation, use, and pure state of various elements. (Don’t worry, it’s all on the periodic table!) We also use it as a craft activity, where the children design their own seasonal place mats.
The same approach can be used for whatever topics and whatever level your child is interested in. And trust me, it makes for more interesting conversation than the not-quite-right knock knock jokes that have been flavour of the month here!