Creative Mathematician Activity For Kids: Math Cups

Are you looking for ways to make maths fun? We’ve got just the activity for your child and you. Use this activity to recycle some paper cups and practice some maths. Twist and turn the cups to create and solve mathematical equations. Watch the video below to get a step-by-step on creating your creative mathematician math cups activity.

Parental Involvement: Medium

Duration: 20 minutes

Skills Acquired: Numeracy, Academic, Cognitive


  1. Paper cups – 6
  2. Marker
  3. Pencil
  4. Straw/stick

Instructions for Creative Mathematician Math Cups Activity:

  • Using a marker, write numbers 0-9 on two paper cups and 1-6 on two of them — close to the edge of the cup.
  • Write ‘=’ on a paper cup and on the other, write mathematical symbols (+, -, x, etc)
  • Using a pencil, create a hole in the middle of all the paper cups.
  • Insert the paper cups through the straw!

Your math cups are ready!

This activity is a great way to practise some maths problems in a playful way. Play a game by setting up a maths equation on the math cups for your child and have them solve the equation.

Encourage your child to play and solve equations to help practice and enhance their math skills.

Activity by Vishwajeet