Activities

Maths is in the world around us, and there are plenty of ways for you and your family to have fun with maths at home, and out and about.

Turn any day into a maths adventure.




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Cryptography Challenge
  • Age groups
  • 7-10
  • 11-14
  • 14-16
  • 16+

Five exhibits at National Museum of Scotland have been written in code! Can you use your code breaking skills to find out what they are?

Created by Open University Faculty of STEM

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Deputy Minister's Maths Challenges 2019
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  • 7-10
  • 11-14

Test yourself with the Deputy First Minister's 2019 Challenges, complete with video hints and tips.

Challenges created by Scottish Mathematical Council. Videos by BBC Learning and Chris Smith at Grange Academy.

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Dynamic Earth Mathstronaut Trail
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  • 7-10
  • 11-14

Complete all the challenges as you head round Dynamic Earth and become a Mathstronaut!

Created by Dynamic Earth

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Can you predict the future?
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  • All

Find out how your maths expertise can help businesses protect themselves against the unknown

Created by Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

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Make a Difference
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  • All

Discover how problem solvers and critical thinkers unpick problems and tackle issues such as climate change and cyber risk.

Created by Institute and Faculty of Actuaries

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Science Ceilidh: A Fraction Musical!
  • Age groups
  • 7-10
  • 11-14

Explore fractions through music through games, composition and performance.

Created by Science Ceilidh for Maths Week Scotland



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Have Fun with Maths
  • Age groups
  • 7-10
  • 11-14

Resources for P5-S3 students focusing on strategy games, including explanatory videos, puzzles and tips for teachers

Produced by University of Edinburgh

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Bookbug Sessions
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  • 0-4

Run a special Bookbug session themed around counting, shapes and sizes for Maths Week Scotland

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Maths wi nae Borders
  • Age groups
  • 7-10
  • 11-14
  • 16+

Inspired by the annual Mathématiques sans Frontières contest, this mini-competition is for any class to complete together.


Open for entries until 18 October 2019.

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Castle Quest
  • Age groups
  • 7-10
  • 11-14

How did maths shape the castle? How did the radius of a circle help people survive a seige?

Explore Edinburgh Castle through maths with the whole family. Aimed at children aged 7-11

Produced by National Museums Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland and The Regimental Museums in Edinburgh Castle

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Castle Quest - Teachers Notes
  • Age groups
  • 7-10

Teachers notes for Castle Quest trail including practical aspect, curriculum links and further discussion points

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Science Ceilidh: Ceilidh Counts
  • Age groups
  • 7-10

Connect creativity and maths with ceilidh dancing! Suitable for use with any group

Created by Science Ceilidh for Maths Week Scotland

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Science Ceilidh: Reel Symmetries
  • Age groups
  • 11-14

Explore symmetries through dance with this pack and instructional video. No maths or dancing experience required! Suitable for use with any group


Created by Science Ceilidh for Maths Week Scotland

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Maths Week at Work
  • Age groups
  • 11-14
  • 16+

Ever wondered how maths graduates use their skills in their jobs? Join Francesca Iezzi in these videos to find out and have a go at some of the challenges yourself!

Produced by University of Edinburgh

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Mini Mirror Pillar
  • Age groups
  • 11-14
  • 16+

Make your own mini Mirror Pillar and use maths to create art and sculpture.

Created by Mirror Pillar

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Family Activities
  • Age groups
  • 4-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-14

Find activities to do with kids of all ages, out and about or at home