Maths is All Around Us
It was always one of the first lessons I did with children. Maths is not just the 1 hour a day working in our green books and getting ticks.
I recently visited a hotel and in the bathroom there was a paper bathmat with two big feet on it. There were 10 toes clearly marked.
The Paper Bath Mat
Here are a few of the suggestions of ‘work’ from this bath mat.
- 5 and 5 make 10 – counting in 5’s
- Subtract any number of toes and see how many left.
- Pairs of feet – How many feet with 5 bathmats? How many toes etc.?
- Area of an irregular shape – Draw a grid and workout approximate area.
- Reflection – Use a mirror to show that one foot is reflected is a flip image.
- Absorbtion – what are the qualities of the material the bathmat is made from?
Look around where you are sitting now and see how much maths can be found.