Eight sneaky ways to teach your kids something new during the half-term holiday

Is it getting to that stage of the half term when everyone is shouting ‘I’m bored’? If it is, then we have eight fun activities that will also get your child using sums – without them even realising it.

In fact, this would make for a fun activity plan on any weekend or rainy day, resulting in lots of giggles and good times for all. Win win!

  1. Plan a road trip using Google Maps to measure distance in miles and hours
    This activity can be so much fun. You can make it a real trip you’re planning for the summer holidays, such as a trip to the seaside with stops along the way, or a pretend one, like travelling across different states of America.

Ask you child to work out how long they’d like to be in the car before a break and work out how many miles that would be. You could also see if they can factor in interesting rest stops that break up the journey evenly.

  1. Get creative and make mocktails
    Grab a couple of large jugs and different flavour juices then ask them to follow recipe instructions to measure out the right volume of ingredients for each drink.

Encourage them to have fun experimenting, making sure that they write down the exact measurements so they have their own recipes to make for their friends.

  1. Work on a bedroom makeover
    Why not get them involved in redecorating their bedroom.

Firstly help them to measure the size of the walls and to work out how many litres of paint or rolls of wallpaper are required.

Then ask them to figure out how much carpet is needed or which size rug would fit. See if they can even work out how much it will all cost by pricing the job up on a DIY website.

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  1. Devise a party playlist
    Give them a whole hour’s DJ set to themselves. Get them to each plan an hour of music to run on your phone or Spotify list.

Have them work out how many songs they could fit into their hour slot, and challenge them to make it fit as close as they can to either 30 or 60 minutes. Encourage them to talk about which songs take up more time, and which are shorter.

If you have more than one child, see who can get the maximum number of songs into their playlist without going over their hour-long period.

  1. Host a pizza film night
    Get them involved in the planning by working out of how many people there will be attending and how many pizzas they will need to either make or buy.

Ask them to slice the pizza to ensure everyone gets two or three slices.

  1. Give them a pretend budget of £5, £10 or £20 to ‘spend’ on Amazon
    Under your supervision, help them find as many items they can ‘buy’ to spend up to the nearest penny.

If they do well, you could always offer to actually treat them to one of the items – or maybe use that as an incentive to search wisely.

  1. Introduce them to the magic of the compound calculator
    Search ‘compound calculator’ on Google and you’ll easily find a way to spark their interest in saving.

Suggest they start out with £10, £20 or £50 in their savings pot and watch what happens when they leave it there for compound interest to grow over five, 10 or 20 years.

What happens if they were to add in £5 or £10 pocket money each month? What would happen if they earned £5 from chores and added that into the pot as well? The possibilities are endless …

  1. Let them prove that you spend more on veggies than sweets
    Give them your grocery shopping receipt and see if they can figure out how much you’ve spent on a certain group of items, such as meat, tins or frozen items.

Ask them to work out which area of the supermarket where you spend the most money, which item was the most expensive and which was the cheapest.

Also, ask if they can work out how much money has been saved on reduced items, percentage offs and BOGOFs offers.