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Fun learning ideas for 9-year-olds

Your child will now be reading independently and for a wider range of purposes and developing key maths skills such as multiplication, but it’s still useful to play language and maths games of all kinds.

Most children love playing games and it’s an easy way to support their learning. Here are some that are fun and easy which will help with your child’s developing reading and maths skills, spelling and writing – and they won’t even realise!

Games and activities

1. Action games

  • Play paper and pencil games such as Call My Bluff and Categories.
  • It can be fun to read around a hobby or a creative project, like gardening, cookery, or crafts.
  • Many places to visit in the school holidays have quizzes or treasure hunts organised so make sure you take full advantage of these.

2. Keep reading together

  • Children aged 9 still enjoy being read to and it’s a great way to develop their vocabulary and listening skills. Ask them to read to you too, as this can help with reading fluency and expression.
  • Listening to stories being read is not only enjoyable, but it can build your child’s vocabulary and help develop their speaking and listening skills. Watch our story time YouTube playlist for videos of storytellers reading favourite traditional stories.
  • Encourage your child to keep a reading diary with a record of the books they have read and a couple of notes about what they did or didn’t like about them. Why not see if your local library has a reading challenge over the summer holidays?

3. Maths games

  • Try these fun games with your child to practise maths skills and help to build your child’s confidence. Most children love playing games and it’s an easy way to support their learning.
  • Multiply by 6: practise your multiplication skills with this fun game.
  • Visit our fun maths activities page for a selection of activities and resources designed to help you enjoy maths with your child.

4. Cook together

  • Cooking with your child is an excellent way to practise and talk about key maths skills – counting eggs for a cake recipe, measuring and weighing ingredients together. Best of all, you both get to enjoy a tasty treat at the end! Why not try our cheese scones recipe?
  • Browse all of our free recipes.