Playground Maths

This is my kind of maths lesson.  I have honestly never enjoyed doing anything remotely relating to numbers with the children – even playing shop is spoilt for me when we start talking about giving change and adding up cost.  It feels wrong that I feel like this – but I just hate maths.

We all went to the park today, and this is what we did:

We estimated who was the heaviest, the lightest, whether two of us could be lighter than one of us (ahem!) and used the see-saw to test our theory.  N was very good at this, but using the see-saw really seemed to help L to catch on.

We discovered that L and N are almost the same weight, but L very slightly heavier.


We discovered that F is the lightest of all of us


We found out that L and N together are lighter than Mummy (well, they only weigh about 2 stone each!), and that N and F together weigh more than L.  We tried to guess whether Daddy would be heavier than Mummy and I was relieved he wasn’t there to find out!  We also discovered that N’s toy doggy is lighter than all people, even babies.

We looked at the tall slide, and tried to decide how many times taller than Mummy it was, how many times taller than L, how many times taller than N.  We think Mummy is about 2 N’s tall!

The 3L's high slide

The 3L’s high slide

We tried to guess which of us would be able to fit under the little slide without banging our heads.  N could, L couldn’t without bending his knees, and Mummy had to bend in half!

The 1N tall bridge

The 1N tall bridge

We estimated how many steps it would take to get across the bridge, the tested it out.


And we tested whether we were quicker sliding down the slide if we lifted our feet – some materials are more slidy than others, we decided.


We played on the swings, with an extra bit of maths – “I’m going to give three children nine pushes, how many pushes each?”


We played hide and seek, and added in a few number games – “if we have six turns left before we go, how many turns can we have each?” – “If L has had 5 turns, and N has had 3 turns, how many does N need to make it fair” – and so on.

And, as if they knew what we came here for, a number puzzle was provided for us to finish up with – which L and N volunteered to work out, and even asked for more sums!



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