With two young children in school, I have come to realize you cannot do much without math. It really is EVERYWHERE! Today I wanted to share a few easy ways to incorporate math into your daily lives.
Count anything and everything! Having your child practice writing their numbers is always great, but it can get boring. So, switch it up! If you look around, there is always something that you can have your child count to give them another way to practice their numbers. They can count:
- stairs they step on as they are going upstairs
- pens in the “pencil jar”
- shoes in the shoe cubbies or basket
- dolls in the doll box
- blocks they can stack
- toes in a group of people sitting together (we usually do this at bedtime)
The possibilities are really endless once you start looking. Start small and encourage them to go as high as they can go. The more they count and practice, the easier it will become. I know at my kiddos’ school they like them to be able to count to 100 be the end of kindergarten.
Number Scavenger Hunt
Send your kiddo on a Number Scavenger Hunt. I got this idea recently from my daughter’s kindergarten teacher and it has been a lot of fun for my daughter. Challenge your kiddo to find the numbers 1-20 in order, or expand the range according to ability. This is perfect for when you are the grocery store or another place that has a lot of numbers. An at-home alternative is to save your grocery store ads or phone books and have your child look through them to find each number. This is a perfect activity for when you need a distraction. When I did this with my daughter, I realized that although she could count and write her numbers, that this was a nice challenge for her.
Play A Game
Who says math is boring? My children love any excuse to play a game and Math is already a part of so many games or can easily be slipped in. Some favorite math games for my kiddos are Yahtzee, Garbage and Dice War. All of which are great to practice counting and number order. What are your favorites?
Practice makes perfect and with a little variety you can help your child practice the same things over and over again without them even noticing. There is nothing wrong with making learning fun, right?
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