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.

Looking for more topical Maths investigations? Download 18 more fun, printable activities to try with your KS2 class

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KS2 Topical Maths Problems for Summer Term 2018

18 Maths investigations linked to calendar dates, designed to develop reasoning and problem solving in your pupils

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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Tweet us at @thirdspacetweet and tell us how you incorporate Holi and Islamic Art into your Maths lessons?

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


David Leighton , Content Team , Third Space Learning

A former secondary teacher, David keeps a weather eye on the educational horizon. He's responsible for making sure our blog posts and Maths resources reach teachers far & wide.