Package 2-4 youcubed number visuals

This task is designed to offer your child the opportunity to develop their confidence in understanding multiples of fives, twos and tens.

Things you need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task.


Back up

  • Read the instructions about youcubed number visuals.

  • Additional copies of Activity sheet 1.

Why is this activity important?

This task is designed to offer your child the opportunity to:

  • see numbers

  • investigate this interesting representation of numbers

  • understand how numbers are made up

  • engage with numbers flexibly

  • think visually about numbers

  • think about factors and multiples.

Before you start

Make sure your child has the required resources ready.

Check that the video is working and the audio settings are correct for your child.

What your child needs to know and do

This task encourages your child to share what they know about numbers, patterns and multiplicative thinking.

What to do next

View the youcubed number visuals video.

Encourage your child to explore the number visuals on Activity sheet 1.

Ask your child to think about what they notice. Ask them to look for different ways they see each number visual made up of other numbers and interesting patterns.

Ask your child to use colours to help them record their noticings.

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Give your child time to look closely and carefully at the pattern and to also think creatively.

Encourage your child to watch the video again. They may like another opportunity to think about the mathematical ideas explored in the video.

Celebrate all the creative thinking your child notices, even if they are not sure if it is accurate. Then encourage them to explore their thinking further.

Ask your child to write the number that each visual represents on Activity sheet 1.

Activity too easy?

Your child may ask questions about the patterns in some of the representations. Encourage them to share how they might change the number visuals. Also ask them to share their reasoning about their design.

Ask your child to explore all the multiples of 3, 4, 5, etc.

Follow-up questions to ask your child

  • What did you see in the number visuals?

  • Do you notice anything interesting about the way the numbers are shown?

  • Can you also see the number 4 inside of 20?

    • How many different ways can you see numbers inside of 20?

  • What patterns do you see?

  • Can you share your thinking about… ?

  • I see you have used (colour), here (point to number visuals). Why did you choose to use (colour) here?

  • What does each set of multiples have in common?

    • Are there any differences?

Extension/Additional activity

Share additional copies of Activity sheet 1 so your child can explore a new pattern with different colors.

Encourage your child to draw other numbers not featured or create their own visualization for numbers (for example 1 – 20).

You can find out more about youcubed number visuals at youcubed from Stanford University.

Activity sheet 1

Explore the number visuals and record the different ways you see each number visual made up of other numbers.numbers represented by dot visuals.

Return to top of page Back to top