Primary teaching resources for Maths will bring to life what might well be a dry subject. A reasonable handling of maths is a crucial tool for little ones to learn, and the earlier they get a good understanding of it the better. The time was teachers would spend hours devising and making tools with which to make maths an exciting visual experience. These days, however, there are a lot of primary teaching resources available to buy which engage with young children on a strong visual level.

Primary school children may not yet have strong reading or numerical schools (that, after all, is why they are primary school children), but their visual skills are as strong as any. That’s why the best primary teaching resources use pictures to explain complex ideas like maths. Familiar pictures pupils can relate to are used to teach numeracy in a fun manner.

Currency is taught with cards depicting sweets; each sweet signifies an individual unit, boxes of sweets represent tens and jars of sweets symbolise hundreds. It’s a great deal less dry than discussing pence pounds. Almost all young children of primary school age won’t ever have managed cash, but they will likely be only too familiar with counting out and eying up sweets. These sweet cards were the first, but there are now a number of Place Value card sets, using different enjoyable metaphors to teach practical mathematical skills.

Fractions are described through divisible items such as pizzas, pies, puddings and tarts. Several other sets permit the same topics to be taught but with slightly different emphasis, so that children can separate and identify the various steps involved in more elaborate sums (e.g. facts to 10 can be taught in different ways with Digit Pop Ups, Busy Boats, Zillions, Wish Fish and Lady Bugs). The Monster Number Line goes further, teaching numbers as high as 30, 50 or even 100 depending on the ability and understanding of the children.

Many teachers find it particularly difficult to get boys to engage in the classroom. Number lines and missing numbers are taught with X-Planes, while Footie Facts frame digits and bonds to 10 or doubles in a manner that many young boys will find engaging and interesting.

The Multiplication Rainbow has been a particular success. The Multiplication Rainbow was designed to offer a visual aid to chidlren learning their times tables. Like all the products here mentioned, the design helps make learning that little bit less formal and intimidating, while the bright, regimented colours can act as a guide and reminder for children when trying to recall their times tables.

Playground Pictures extend the learning experience into the playground or garden. PVC wall pictures put across important primary Maths information in a bold and colourful manner. Available pictures include bees, caterpillars and flowers. They sit well in gardens and playgrounds, and are easily fixed to walls or fences.

Above all, these products were made to make learning fun. Ideas which might appear all to easy to grown ups call for a good deal of memorisation on the part of a young child. Using enjoyable, relatable concepts makes that job much simpler for them.

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