Maths Ideas for Home during Remote Learning

Find a collection of simple activities and games that you can play at home with your child/ren during lockdown to focus on their Mathematical skills.



Set up a “play” shop in a corner or room in your house that you can use on different occasions during this remote learning period and for kid’s play in general.


Encourage your child to become involved in setting-up and making your shop front and collecting items from around the house that can be “for sale”.


Mark their prices in permanent marker (keep prices low and even, such as $2) and discuss how much things cost (does milk cost more than cereal etc).


You can also use some toys and other items found around your house to become part of the shop.


Give your child a bag to go shopping and collect some things that they’d like to buy.

Use pen and paper to write down what is bought and add up the numbers as to what is owed.


Demonstrate which money to use to pay and the change that needs to be given. Over time your child might be able to take on this role. If you can get some play money to make it more real it will give them further fun exposure to money and counting.


Your child will think this is just fun playtime, not necessarily maths learning.


Variation: Change the prices and items in your store and practise paying with the correct money and estimating the change required.


Curriculum links:

Mathematics – Number and Algebra; Number and place value; Money and Financial mathematics

Foundation — Represents practical situations to model addition and sharing

Years 1-2 — Counting and ordering small collections of Australian coins and notes according to their value




Time: 20 – 30 minutes

Note to parents: Your child will need a stop watch or timer, pen and paper.



You can do this with your child or send them off around the house and backyard to do the scavenger hunt independently and see how they fare. Encourage your child to read the question carefully then go find an item to match its description. If you want to add a further element of competition, time your child or children to see who completes it the quickest with the most correct answers.


Maths scavenger hunt questions:

  1. Find and sketch an item that is a sphere shape
  2. Find the number 11 written somewhere
  3. Where can you see a 90 degree angle?
  4. What is the current time on a clock in the kitchen?
  5. Flip a coin five times and write whether Heads or Tails was most popular
  6. How many feet (your feet) long and wide is your lounge room?
  7. Using the answers to the question above, what is the area of your lounge room in your foot lengths (L x W)?
  8. Count the number of people and animals living in your house
  9. How many seconds does it take for you to run from the front of your house (along the fence) to the back of your house?
  10. Find a shape with 3 sides
  11. Estimate something in your bathroom that would weigh around 1kg
  12. Multiply the amount of females by the amount of males in your house and write the answer
  13. What is the fraction to represent the number of people over the number of animals at your house?
  14. How many days left this month?
  15. What is the 24 hour time on the clock on your iPad or electrical device?



You can add or subtract any further questions to the scavenger hunt to make it easier or more difficult.

Curriculum links:

Mathematics – Number and Algebra; Measurement and Geometry; Statistics and Probability

YEARS 5 – 6


Approximate time:

30 minutes


Note to parents

This is great practice for learning coordinates. You will need some paper and pens/pencils. To further extend skills you could play a board game version or an online version.



How to play

Step 1: There are two players. Each player draws out a grid with A – J along the bottom and 1 – 10 up the side.


Step 2: They then plot ships of various sizes on the grid by colouring in the squares:

– One ship five squares long (the aircraft carrier)

– One ship four squares long (the battleship)

– Two ships three squares long (the cruiser and submarine)

– One ship two squares long (the destroyer)


Step 3: The first player “shoots” by calling out a grid reference, eg B3. If this lands on an empty square, the second player shouts “miss!”. The first player then draws a cross in this square on their grid.

But if it hits a square with a ship in it, the second player shouts “hit” and the first player draws a dot.

Each player keeps track of their hits and misses on their own grid.


Step 4: Once all the squares for a ship have been hit, that ship then “sinks”. The winner is the one to sink all the other person’s ships first.



You could buy the board game version of this which is engaging or do an online version of it with your child.


Curriculum links

Mathematics — Measurement and Geometry; Location and transformation

Year 5/6 — Introduces the Cartesian co-ordinates system using all four quadrants

YEARS 7 – 8


Approximate time

45 minutes


Note to parents

For this activity your child will need access to some catalogues to browse goods or a website such where you can browse current catalogues from many different retailers.



This mini project involves your child pretending they’ve been given a $500 gift voucher to spend online at major retailers. They are to use current catalogues at home or view the catalogues online at


They are to write an itemised list of what they are going to buy, the cost and where it is from and keep a running tally until they reach $500.


Now tell your child they are receiving a 10 per cent discount on all items for customer loyalty. Recalculate the items’ cost and see how much more they have to spend and find something to buy.


Additional task:

Does your child receive pocket money? If so, how much? Discuss this with your child, re-evaluate their weekly chores and pocket money amount and see if you can come to a mutual agreement. Is there rules on how they spend this money?


Ask them to make a list of monthly expenses and calculate how much they have left to spend.



If your child needs some new season essentials, perhaps you could get them to shop for some clothing items using these catalogues and find the best buys for what they would like. If you need to purchase they could be in charge of ordering online with your permission.


Curriculum links

Mathematics – Number and Algebra; Money and Financial mathematics

Year 7/8 Investigating the methods used in retail stores to express discounts