Bites: Creative maths films

Bites: Creative maths films

What is Bites?

Bites is a series of 5 ‘How To’ videos, presented by children aged  8 – 11.

Our group of enthusiastic ‘maths advocates’ demonstrates family maths activities to the audience – children their own age. They make a few mistakes along the way but that’s ok. In fact it’s more than ok, it’s great. Because mistakes are a very important part of the learning process.

Bites will broaden children and their families’ view of what and where maths is, and support the concept that maths can be creative, family fun.

Here at Maths on Toast, our mission is to promote positive attitudes to maths. We know that maths anxiety and other negative beliefs can reduce a child’s motivation and achievement in maths. We believe creating positive experiences of doing maths as a family can counter that anxiety, and support motivation.

Instruction sheets for the activities demonstrated in each film are available to download, so that families can try them together at home. They’re also ideal for use in school and community settings. Trying them, enjoying them, and being aware that this is maths, will increase the whole family’s confidence, and allow them to develop shared learning experiences, and create positive memories of maths.

What are you waiting for? Go on, take a bite!

How to…make a hexaflexagon

How to…construct a sturdy structure 

How to…make Platonic solids

How to…step through a playing card

How to…enjoy fun family maths

Bites was created by Maths on Toast in partnership with The Winch children’s charity and youth centre, and funded by the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.