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Children's activities for ages 3-11

We want every child in the UK to feel good about numbers. Having fun as part of National Numeracy Day can be part of that.

Whether children want to move around, play games, get baking or make some music, we have an activity for you. 

Celebrity activities 

Our celebrity ambassadors have put together some fantastic number fun activities for you! Download the sheets and watch the videos – it's all free!

Dance with Strictly's Katya Jones

Strictly Come Dancing’s star Katya Jones is helping get the nation get number confident with some cowboy swagger! This activity helps boost children's number confidence using movement, and there’s nothing to stop the grown-ups joining in too!

Poetry slam with Harry Baker and Numbots

Our master poet Harry visited Parbold Douglas Academy in Wigan to roll out his activity this year. What a day they had!

Watch the video, and download the resource pack for tips on how to create your own, teacher guidance, and certificates for participation!

Download the NumBots resource pack (KS1)

Download the Times Tables Rock Stars resource pack (KS2)

Get baking with Peter Sawkins

Bake Off winner Peter Sawkins has created a recipe for the perfect scone! Don't fight over how to pronounce these delicious things, just get baking by using the download button below. You can also watch his video introduction on YouTube


Money activities from Mr MoneyJar 

Finance expert and podcaster Timi Merriman-Johnson, aka Mr MoneyJar, has created a set of resources to help children learn about savings, in a fun and imaginative way. It’s not about having lots of money, but about learning to use what you do have wisely – a subject dear to Timi’s heart.

Number Heroes Competition

Create a picture of you doing your dream job or hobby and tell us how it uses numbers. Let your imagination run wild to be in with a chance to win a fantastic prize for yourself and one of six incredible prize bundles worth £1000 each for your nursery, school or youth group. The winner will be chosen by the one and only Bobby Seagull.

The 2024 competition has now closed. Winners will be contacted on or before 25 June 2024, and runners-up will be contacted on or before 3 July 2024.

National Numeracy Day Live

We held a fantastic interactive, space-themed, celebrity-led livestream for early years and primary school age children.

National Numeracy was delighted to teamed up with BBC CBeebies Numberblocks and the Royal Astronomical Society to help children have fun with numbers in space.

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Fun with the Numberblocks!

We've got a host of space themed activities here to celebrate our space themed National Numeracy Day LIVE event

They're aimed at children aged 3-6 years old and there is a range of difficulty levels. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 go! 

You can also learn how to build a rocket with Bobby and do Katya's dance with Numberblock One. 

Build a rocket

Space activities levels 1 and 2

Start by loading some aliens into their space ships! 

Then try this Numberblocks version of Tetris. 

Level 1 to 2

Level 3

The terrible twos are causing havoc, can you sort things out? 

Then help some aliens pay the right money for their rocket rides.

level 3

Level 4

The rectangles are having a relay race in space. Find the right ones to zoom along the rays. 

level 4

Level 5

Find the square Numberblocks and help Numberblock One get to the moon.

level 5

NumBots Bot Bingo!

Bot Bingo is a fun, interactive, downloadable game from Maths Circle that can be played in the classroom.

Who will be the first to call "BOT BINGO!"?

Bot Bingo is a fun and engaging way for students to build core maths skills starting from the basics with subitising. Subitising is the ability to recognise small quantities of objects without counting. With Bot Bingo, as well as subitising, numbers are shown in familiar pictorial representations, including bar models and cherries. Students need to recognise the number and find it on their Bot Bingo card. Suitable from age 5 to 95!

Download game

NumBots Bot Bingo

Resource bank for children

There's more to come before the big Day on 22 May, but National Numeracy Day is in its seventh year and we've created some resources that are just too good to hide!

Here are some of our faves. Get more activities for your children right here. 

Sign up to National Numeracy Day 

Sign up National Numeracy Day and help your school, organisation or community get number confident! You will receive free, fun materials and resources to use and share and join over 4,800 others Champions helping the nation get on with numbers.

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Get stronger maths to help your children

 However you feel about maths, you’re not alone. The National Numeracy Challenge is a free and easy-to-use website you can use to improve your confidence with numbers, in your own time and at your own pace.

It’s ideal for brushing up, checking your level, or for catching up on learning you missed, and it’s all about the maths you need in daily life and at work – no algebra or trigonometry.

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More from National Numeracy Day 

Get resources to help adults build their confidence with numbers get involved in the #BigNumberNatter or visit the National Numeracy Day homepage. 

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