The end of the term is almost upon us! But, before you don your sunscreen and shades, there’s planning for Maths tasks to be done. Unless you want to face the dreaded summer brain drain in September. Here are some holiday maths activities to help you out.

Yet, getting pupils to do Maths work over the holidays is probably the last hurdle of term, bar the school production!

As part of our series of topical Maths investigations, turning calendar dates into fun activities for Key Stage 2 around the country, we’ve created some topical activities with a summer twist.

Take a look at these key stage 2 pupils being #mathstronauts Red Nose Day with Maths tasks from our blog ‘Give Maths a Red Nose and get set for #RND2017‘:

For our topical activity for the summer, we’re thinking ice cream, theme parks, and beaches – with a dash of reasoning & problem solving thrown into the mix. Plus, as an added bonus, these investigations will cut your planning time down to printing and marking.

These activities are easily printable, so pupils can take them home to complete over the holidays. However, they can also be part of your plan for a holiday Maths lesson too. Find them below and try them out:

Holiday themed Maths activity 1

Ice cream is always a popular treat in the holidays. Though we all know they are delicious, who knew they could be used as part of a holiday Maths investigation?

Try this one out with your pupils, or download the free printable worksheet here and give it to them to try over the summer holidays:

Pick an ice cream! The only catch is, you can have 3 different flavours of ice cream on your cone. So which 3 flavours would you choose?

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Now work out: how many different combinations could you have with those 3 flavours?

What did you come up with?

Holiday themed Maths activity 2

Over the summer holidays, the seaside is the place to go! Make sure to take a bucket and spade, and this holiday Maths activity!

You can download this Maths investigation as a printable worksheet to send home with pupils over the holidays. But, as always, it’s also great for completing in the classroom.

Work out the missing total in the logic puzzle below:

Holiday maths topical activity 2

Planning Maths work for KS2 over the holidays? We've got your back with our free Holiday Maths Pack

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KS2 Holiday Maths Pack

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Holiday themed Maths activity 3

Another holiday must, the theme park! Raucous, exciting, and sometimes scary – perfect for an exciting holiday Maths activity.

You can send pupils home with a printable version of this problem and some squared paper, or bring a theme park theme into classroom Maths investigations:

Your team has £600,000 to build your very own theme park! Your theme park must have rides, a car park, toilets, cafes, shops and paths.

Design your theme park on squared paper using the following information:

Holiday maths topical activity 3

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.