Mathematics

Children's book covers relating to mathematics

Our favourite 3: Mathematics

Children’s stories often rely on mathematical concepts. There are many books that can help you start a journey of exploration that takes you beyond counting and shape spotting.

Indigenous artwork

Shapes of Australia

This is a great book to spark the imagination and train the observation skills of children of all ages. Invite the children to point out their favourite shapes and colours in the book.

Boys with shovels

Sam and Dave dig a hole

A wonderful story about determination, resilience and perseverance and that sometimes in life the real treasure lies in just sharing an experience with a friend, no matter the outcome.

Satellite in space

Satellites: Help from space

Satellites not only serve very practical purposes but also satisfy our curiosity about the universe. We wouldn’t know as much about space without astronomical satellites like the Hubble Space Telescope and the other research satellites out there.

preschool aged boy blowing bubbles

Can you blow bubbles on the Moon?

Bubbles are fascinating: The spherical shape, the sheen and the rainbow colours, the way they float and move with the air currents… They are a source of wonder; but how do they form? What makes them pop? What holds them together? AND can you blow bubbles on the Moon?

Ten little pirates - book cover

Ten little pirates

Go beyond the obvious STEM-relevant counting backwards from ten. There is a wealth of discussion points in this story, such as different weather phenomena and dangerous animals at sea. You can look into cause and venture into the world of acoustics by creating some of the sound effects from the story…

Scales, salt and pepper and napkins

Maths myths

50% of participants have negative associations with this STEM subject and are, as a result, convinced that they are not capable of engaging children in mathematics. How are we supposed to kindle joy of mathematics if we break out in cold sweats thinking about equations and formulas?

Wooden thermometer close up

It’s hot in here

This playful activity is a wonderful way to extend the vocabulary of temperature. The idea that people experience temperature differently and that ‘hotness’ is not fixed is fascinating to children.

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