Have you ever noticed just how many English idioms have numbers in them?
Here are just a few examples – there are loads of them.
- All rolled into one.
- Back to square one.
- Cast the first stone.
- I don’t give 2 hoots.
- In two minds.
- Nine to five.
- Catch 40 winks.
- Go fifty-fifty.
- Feel like a million dollars
- Give me five!
- Hundred to one
- On cloud nine
And here are a few ideas for activities to do with children.
- Research more like these below - categorise them according to their number.
- Which number seems to appear the most often in idioms?
- Categorise them according to whether they are divisible by 2 (or another number of your choice)
- Pick out 5 randomly and add them up – first one to get the right answer scores a point.
- Make up a quiz for someone else to do :
E.g. The film star arrived wearing her very best clothes:
(a) All rolled into one (b) a stich in time (c) at sixes and sevens (d) dressed to the nines.
You know -nine times out of ten children will enjoy making links between language and numeracy.
If you agree – that’ll make at least two of us
(Ok I’ll stop now!!)