Colourful Holi Maths Activities: Topical Maths [6]

Next up on our topical blog posts is every messy child’s dream – a bunch of Holi maths activities! The Hindu festival of love, or festival of colour represents a range of ideas: from the arrival of spring, the end of winter, forgiveness, friendship, to a thanksgiving for a good harvest.

For us here at Third Space Learning – and you the teacher – it also provides a chance to encourage diversity in your classroom, discuss the importance of Maths in religions and offers another opportunity to bring topical calendar-based maths into the classroom in order to bridge the gap between maths in school and maths in the real world.

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Holi-based topical Maths investigation – Creating Colour


Colour is all around us, but have you ever noticed how many shades of paint there are in a DIY store? Isn’t it cool to think that all the colours in the world are just a mix of the three primary colours?

Have a look at the colour chart below and answering the following questions:

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  1. What do you notice about the colours on this chart?
  2. How do you think they were made?
  3. Create your own paint colour chart for your favourite colour. You can even name each shade if you are feeling creative. For each new colour you create, record the ratio and proportion of the colours you used to make it.

For example:

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Check out 20+ more fun topical Maths investigations KS2 in our blog: 5 Ways to Use Topical Maths to Improve Problem Solving and Reasoning.

Here’s our complete list of topical maths investigations for year 5 and year 6.

Autumn Term maths investigations year 6 and year 5

Spring Term maths investigations year 6 and year 5

Summer term maths investigations year 6 and year 5

And if that’s not enough we’ve even got maths activities for Year 5 and Year 6 for events you’re likely to celebrate in primary school but don’t come round every year… 

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