Despite not having an ounce of number skills in my own head, always having been the subject that filled me with fear when at school, it appears I have very mathematically minded children.
Maya appears to be excellent at problem solving and really enjoys the addition worksheets that Leon eagerly writes for her, and has always enjoyed building and other activities regarding spacial awareness.
Leon however, is obsessed!
The chess, lego and collecting obsessions have mostly surpassed, and now we have (among other things), mazes. It started off with this outstandingly difficult, but brilliant, maze book ‘Mummy Maze – The Tomb Treasures Maze book’. Having completed this book, he then went on to attempt to find and print out impossibly difficult mazes from the internet…
(these are fairly easy ones I may add…)
… which then led him on to attempting to draw his own mazes….
Have you ever tried to do this? It’s really really hard! These ones above were some of his earlier, easier ones, but they progressively got more difficult – my mum took one home to England with her and she completed it after two weeks!
Next came a short obsession with sudoko…
Now he has discovered a board game called ‘traffic jam’ which he hopes he will get for his birthday. Meanwhile he has to suffice with an online version , on this fantastic maths website which will no wonder lead him on to other things!
Alfie, it seems, follows in his mathematical footsteps….
He will be found in this position on a daily basis, playing happily with magnetic numbers (and letters too). Here he appears to be sorting them into a colour group, but mostly he likes to add characters to the numbers and role play with them. Odd I know. And often I get the pleasure of joining in. Though I admit my number role play ideas are limited.
This is what our fridge looks like now days…
I think I’ll blame this ‘number character role play’ on ‘The Numberjacks’ – a fun, and a tiny bit spooky, but excellent, television program by the BBC for young children about numbers, shapes and problem solving. My kids haven’t discovered the above website yet, but all of them love to watch the television program. And Alfie it seems has picked up on the numbers’ names and characters, and turned it into role play!
I just love it how children can learn so much from their interests and enthusiasms – don’t you?