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Since we are continuing with our adventures in Space we thought it would be a great opportunity to get creative and take part in some space related math activities, developing our number, counting, addition and subtraction skills.



Monday - Ordering numbers

Every rocket that flies into space needs a countdown signal. 

Today can you create your own countdown working backwards from 10 or 20? You will need to recognise and order your numbers, placing them in the correct order so everyone can do the countdown with you.

You could even add resources with each number to help you count in case you get stuck on the number recognition, particularly for those tricky teen numbers.

Once the countdown is ready, maybe your adult could challenge you to countdown from any given number?

A countdown video may help inspire you, here is a song called ‘Zoom, Zoom, Zoom’ which includes a countdown from 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEHBrmZxAf8


Tuesday - Addition

Using stones from your garden or rolled up pieces of tin foil, can you create 10 or more moon rocks to help you with today’s challenge.

Make sure you count your moon rocks as you collect or create them, to make sure you have the correct total.

Adults- if your child counts out 9 rocks, prompt them to think about how many more they would need to get to 10, using lots of mathematical language. “So if you have 9 and you need a total of 10, how many more do you need to add?”


Once you have all of your moon rocks, can you find two space objects (maybe silver bowls from the kitchen, or planets/rockets you may have made last week). Your adult or sibling could then collect moon rocks and share them between the two space items (you don’t have to use them all) and your mission is to work out how many moon rocks there are all together. If you use a timer, you could try and complete each addition calculation before the time runs out.

E.g- if this alien has 3 rocks and the other alien has 2 rocks, how many rocks are there altogether?


You can prompt your child to write down the addition calculations, reminding them of the correct symbols and number formation they need to use.

Adults- When working with addition you could make the total of each calculation different each time (working within 10, or higher if you feel comfortable doing so).

You could also practise:

  • Number bonds to 5/10

  • Adding 1 more

  • Bridging 10 - working with teen numbers


Wednesday - Subtraction

5/10 little men in a flying saucer is a great song to help practise subtraction skills.

I wonder if you can collect or create 10 spacemen/astronauts to help you with today’s challenge.

After you have all of your spacemen/astronauts (count them to make sure), with your adult can you start by singing the song, each time taking 1 spaceman/astronaut away and working out the new total.



10 little men in a flying saucer flew around the world one day.

They looked left and right but they didn’t like the sight so one man flew away…


9 little men in a flying saucer flew around the world one day.

They looked left and right but they didn’t like the sight so one man flew away…


Adults - After taking 1 away each time, you could challenge your child by asking them “what would happen if we took 2 away?

Can children work out the answer, perhaps without having to count the objects each time. A number line may be a useful tool when playing subtraction games.

You can prompt your child to write down subtraction calculations, reminding them of the correct symbols and number formation.


Thursday - Interactive Games

Today can you play some online math games which will help develop your mental math skills?

If you need counters/paper or other resources to help you work out the answers, make sure to have these ready before the game begins.

Below are a range of space themed interactive games to help your child develop their number skills in relation to ordering, place value and addition:


There are also a few extra resources attached that may help with space themed math activities. Included is a maths booklet that you and your child can work through together as well as a game of I-spy to 20, with an attached checklist.

Extra Resources