A Handful of Facts

In this activity you give your child a mathematical fact, and they have to give your four more back...

To start, hold out your hand with fingers widespread.

Draw in your thumb (as if you were counting 'one') as you give them a fact:

"6 times 4 is 24."


Your child then has to give your four more related facts back. for each fact you bend down a finger to count it off.

The facts should be related to the one you gave them.

They will probably find the first three facts easily.

Having been told '6 times 4 is 24', they can reply:

4 times 6 is 24

24 divided by 6 is 4

24 divided by 4 is 6

The fourth fact may be trickier to find, but they can 'twist' the numbers to find a related fact...

The following would all 'work', for example:

  • A quarter of 24 is 6
  • A sixth of 24 is 4
  • 6 times 2 times 2 is 24
  • 4 times 2 times 3 is 24

Play again with a different mathematical fact, or swap roles.

Share  what you have done with your teacher - write about what you found out, take pictures or post a tweet to your School.

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