Maths comes into almost every area of our lives - from looking at the number on a house or sorting socks into pairs, to splitting the cost of a meal in a restaurant or working out the best mortgage or mobile phone deal.
We can harness the curiosity children have for the world around them, and show them how exciting and useful numbers and counting can be.
How CBeebies can help
Have some number fun with the Numberjacks! These numerical superheroes love nothing better than to solve mathematical problems. There are lots of fun games for you and your child to try. Can you match the pictures on the Shape Japer Dominoes, connect the Numberjacks with real-life numbers in the Jumping Generator or solve the tricky maths problems on the Numberjacks Photo Match Game?
After all that hard work, you could always check how good your number recognition is by baking some delicious Numberjacks biscuits. Count how many yummy biscuits you have made, then talk about the concept of subtraction as each biscuit is eaten!
How to make a magic moment
Next time you go for a walk with your child, don't go on a 'normal' walk, go on a 'number' walk! You could try to spot as many numbers as you can (bus numbers, house numbers, registration plates) and look for different shapes too (e.g. see how many rectangles you can spot).