The best way to inculcate math love in children is to take various examples related to mathematics in your daily life and encourage your child to solve problems. Here, in this post, we will take a quick look at a few daily life examples related to mathematics.
1. The gas mileage problem
It’s a very interesting sum that you can share with your child when you are on a trip.
We would also like to tell you that you should explain the meaning of gas mileage to your child because most children might not know the meaning of that term at a young age. Gas mileage depicts the number of miles that a vehicle can travel on a gallon of gasoline. It’s also called miles per gallon or mpg.
Say, for example, you are on a trip from place A to B. You know the actual distance (in miles) between those 2 stations. You filled the car with a certain gallon of fuel from station A. You must remember that amount or note it down somewhere for an easy reference. As you are nearing gas station B your fuel gauze is nearing to an end. Now is the best time to implement the math and involve your child in the same.
Give him the required values that would be the distance between the 2 stations in miles and the gallows of fuel injected into the car in station A. Ask him to divide the distance by the amount of fuel to come to a result which would give the mileage of the car in mpg (miles per gallon).
There are many different versions of this problem. You may calculate the distance in km and the fuel amount in liters to get the mileage in kmpl. The main thing that we should highlight that two information must be known to you for implementing these types of problems – the distance and the amount of fuel consumed by the vehicle to traverse the distance.
2. The Shopping Problem
This activity constitutes your shopping which can be any product starting from your daily groceries to your garments or some other things like that. We have used the tagline because such a tagline is more suitable when the seller has provided you immense discounts on products maybe for a clearance sale or for any other reasons. His discount part is more important. Now let’s go through a scenario-
You are in a supermarket shopping for daily groceries with your kid. Ask your kid to apply the prescribed discount on the specific item and come to the final result that needs to be paid for that specific item. If s/he doesn’t know the process, show him first how to do it.
3. Outdoor sports and games
It’s a pretty good platform to connect with mathematics. Almost every sport incorporates mathematics in their scoring system. Point this out to your children.
Say, for example, the concerned game is a game of cricket. Ask your children to calculate the runs accordingly or calculate the number of balls left in a specific over.
4. Quantity measurement
There are different ways to engage your children into the measurement of quantities and make them acclimatized to metric units like kilograms, liters, grams, milligrams etc.
For example, while shopping for your daily groceries, you’ll encounter various situations where the quantity of that specific item has to be measured by the shopkeeper according to your needs. You can point this out to your children. Explain the different units and the link between them like 1kg = 1000g.
5. Dresses and other fashion accessories
Dresses are available in varying sizes and designs. Since we are dealing with mathematics here, we’ll talk only about the size of dresses.
Your children should realize that they should opt for dresses as per fittings. Therefore, the size comes into the limelight. Make them aware of the various lengths and breaths associated with various garments. The same applies to other fashion accessories for example shoes, wristwatches and so on. Your child should easily develop the concepts of basic measurements that are related to mathematics. Now that’s what we call fashionable math lessons.