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​While board games and puzzles may appear to be just fun activities, they can also help to improve your child's numeracy skills and encourage them to think logically.

To be numerate is to confidently and effectively use mathematics to meet the everyday demands of life.

Make opportunities to be numerate happen at home. Here are a few ways you can explore numeracy with your child:

  • show your child how you use maths for different reasons, such as looking at timetables, calendars and clocks

  • talk about the numbers and patterns you child comes across each day while playing games and sport

  • encourage your child to count and sort objects into groups. You could use books, clothing or shoes and discuss how they sorted them into those groups

  • explore ways to use and count money through budgets and shopping. Let your child calculate the cost of items and help them add up how much change you will receive.

  • ask questions such as 'does that make sense?' or 'can this be done another way?' to help develop numerate thinking when they are solving problems

  • talk positively about maths and show interest in the maths they learn at school.

Visit the Department of Education, Training and Employment website to learn more about exploring numeracy.