The fun events and activities that occur on NSPCC Number Day are all centered around numbers, arithmetic and mathematics. Participants in the day are encouraged to embrace the use of numbers and math in ways that are creative and enjoyable while raising funds for an important charity!
History of Number Day
The National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a UK charitable organization that dates back to the Victorian era when its earliest expressions can be traced back to Liverpool, England in the 1880s.
Started by the NSPCC in 1999, Number Day began as a fun and educational way for the organization to raise funds for their charity and encourage more people across the UK to get involved. Since that first celebration, Number Day has grown nationwide and become an annual event that children and adults of all ages look forward to each year!
While Number Day can certainly be celebrated by anyone and anywhere, in the UK it is a day for individuals, schools and other organizations to come together to participate in activities around the topic of math. This might include math competitions and events, bake sales, dress-up days and so many other creative ideas. It’s all about having fun with numbers and raising financial support for the children impacted by the NSPCC.
How to Celebrate Number Day
Foster a love for numbers and math while supporting a good cause at the same time! Number Day is a fun time for everyone in the community to get connected through some of these plans and activities:
Host a Number Day Event
Community groups, schools, workplaces and others can join in on the fun activities of Number Day and show support for the NSPCC at the same time.
Schools might offer a Dress Up for Digits Day where children are allowed to wear a costume and make a donation to the charity. Other folks might choose to put on a walk/run for charity where math challenges are included all throughout the race. Whatever the event, those who are in the UK can officially join in by registering and signing up for tools and resources from the NSPCC website that can be used for the day.
Make Math and Numbers Fun!
Kids who struggle with math can get even more stressed out by the amount of pressure that is put on at school. One way to take the pressure off is to try to make learning fun. And math is no exception! Number Day is an excellent opportunity for teachers and parents to remove the stress and just make numbers fun. Check out the NSPCC website for educational tools that can be used in the classroom for Number Day and all year round.
Create a Number Day Playlist
Enjoy Number Day even more with a playlist of tunes that have been cued up to the theme of the day. Check out some of these songs to get started with curating a playlist:
- Eight Days a Week by the Beatles (1964)
- I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Proclaimers (1988)
- 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover by Paul Simon (1975)
- 25 or 6 to 4 by Chicago (1969)