It’s been a while since I’ve made something massive, from scratch, for the kids. I used to make all sorts of things: I once changed a ‘Guess Who’ board to a maths game by swapping out the faces and adding in numbers. You know, to practice things like factors, odd numbers, multiples etc. I also made a card game to help children learn to tell the time. Last year, I created some dinosaur bones and buried them for us to ‘find’ in the school garden. I like to think I can be quite creative.
Recently, though, I’ve found it difficult to come up with new ideas. I’m not sure why. Maybe I spent all my good ideas too quickly early on, or maybe I’ve been that focused on other things (SATs, assessments, riding my bike…) that I’ve not put any time into thinking up new ideas.
That changed last week though, when I was struck by something obvious.
The class is virtually obsessed with Match Attax at the minute. If you’ve not seen them (obviously you don’t have young kids, or you’re not a teacher), they’re essentially top trumps. Football statistics are on the card, with a picture of the player. Think Pokemon cards, but with footballers. They’re everywhere. The boys, in particular, are carrying round stacks of the things – so many of them that they don’t even fit in their trays.
That’s when I had the good idea, if I do say so myself, of turning their interest into something we could use in the classroom. Hence, Maths Attax were born. I’ve recreated the style of the original cards as closely as I can using Photoshop, and swapped out the numbers for mental maths questions.
My idea is that we can use these cards for starters, once they’re laminated, to get the class practising their quick-fire maths.
I’ve shown the few cards I’ve made to the class and they’re pretty keen to give them a go. Looking forward to this!
PS: I’ll be posting a link on this blog once they’re finished, should you want to grab them.