Is maths your jam? Here are five maths activities for the school holidays that are easy as pi(e) and that’ll keep your skills
sharp acute before school goes back.
1. Use maths to help you win at Monopoly
If you’re like us and love maths AND board games, this one will skyrocket to the top of your maths activities for the school holidays list. According to Celebrity mathematician Lily Serna, there is a heap of mathematical data out there about how to win Monopoly. Even though a lot comes down to the roll of the dice, there are mathematically proven strategies you can adopt that have been shown to boost your chances of winning. Read up on Lily’s winning strategies, then invite your mates around for a board game session and flex your mathematical skills.
2. Soak up all the maths career inspo
Did you know that we’ve chatted to heeeeeaps of cool maths peeps about their love of numbers and the interesting careers they’ve been able to build from their passion? Add these career profiles to you school holidays reading list and start to think about the path you’d like to persue.
- Natalie Thamwattana, a world-leading researcher in nanotech
- Alex Cantori, a statistics specialist working in basketball odds
- Zoya Dhillon, a senior analyst in financial stability at the Reserve Bank of Australia
- Lily Serna, a mathematician and TV presenter
- Dr Luke Bennetts, who uses numbers to create climate change solutions
- Maggie McGown, who uses maths in her fashion business, Magpie Goose, to create employment opportunities for Indigenous artists in the Northern Territory
3. Play Cool Math Games
Next up on our list of maths activities for the school holidays is… gaming! Okay, okay. So Cool Math Games might be aimed at younger kids, but their games are still super fun and a little bit addictive! We recommend Venngram, where you find the right combo of pieces to create Venn Diagrams. Math Clash is also a winner. Cool Math Games has Sudoku too, which is another fun way to get your numbers fix. Why not challenge a sibling or friend to see who can complete a Sudoku puzzle the fastest?
4. Take our maths quizzes
Need some help narrowing down maths career options? Have you always wondered which maths equation you are (lol)? We’ve got stacks of awesome quizzes that will bust your boredom or kill time on a rainy day. Here are some of our favourite maths themed ones!
- Are you an actuary or accountant?
- Where could economics take you?
- Which area of maths should you study?
- Which maths equation are you?
- Not your usual maths quiz
5. Get reading
We promise this won’t be like English class! There are SO many great maths reads in the world, so we had to include this in our list of maths activities for the school holidays. Head to your local library and get browsing. Need some suggestions? A few of our faves are The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets by Simon Singh, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension by Matt Parker and Alex’s Adventures in Numberland by Alex Bellos.
Author: Louise Meers
Louise is the acting digital editor for Careers with STEM. She has a journalism degree from the University of Technology, Sydney and has spent over a decade writing for youth. She is passionate about inspiring young people to achieve their biggest goals.