Measure and compare lengths in centimetres using a tape measure or ruler: for example, books and magazines, furniture, shoes, packets, people…. first asking: ‘Which is the longest (or shortest)? then ‘How long is it?’ and then ‘How much longer (or shorter) is this than that?’
Count out and weigh things ready for cooking.
Read the time to the house, then the half hour, then the quarter hour on different clocks and watches – perhaps set an alarm clock to ring on the hour.
Weigh objects in grams or kilograms on kitchen scales or bathroom scales, and compare weights.
Work out how much milk your family drinks in a week, or how many slices of bread or pieces of fruit you eat.
Reckon up the cost of a few items when at the supermarket: for example, the cost of three tins of beans at 39p each, or 2 packets of soap powder at £1:49.
Work out how much money you and your friend need for bus fares, train tickets, to swim at the sports centre, for ice creams.
Work out how long the television is on in the course of the week, and find out who in your family watches most television.
Make a timetable for a family outing.
Set a video recorder to record a programme, or the microwave to cook for a number of minutes.
Plan what you would do if your family won £1,000,000 in the lottery.
See what a short shopping bill would come to if you rounded each item to the nearest 10p – how close is it to the actual amount?
Compare the prices of petrol at different garages or petrol stations.
Work out catalogue prices if everything were half-price, or had 25% off.
Plan the food and things to do for a birthday party, working to a budget.
Compare the capacities of different cups and glasses, or saucepans and casserole dishes, estimating first then measuring in millilitres using a kitchen measuring jug.
Cook something using a recipe in a recipe book.
Research facts and figures such as the height of the tallest mountain or the tallest tree, the length of the longest river, how far a flea can jump, the weight of an elephant, the world record times for running the 100 metres and swimming 100 metres, the speed of the fastest train.
Work out how many miles the car goes to a litre of petrol, or how much petrol the car uses in a week or month or year.
On journeys, work out distances from home and distances still to be travelled then, when you arrive, your average speed for the whole journey.