Helping your preschooler become familiar with mathematical ideas does not require that you take extra time out of your day just to teach math. Incorporating math into your every day activities is not only easier for parents, but it makes it more meaningful for the preschooler. Here are just a few math activities for preschoolers you can try.
Math Activities For Preschoolers
There are lots of ways to add math to your day?
- While baking. Let you child count scoops or ingredients
- After getting the mail. Let you child count pieces of mail
- Go for a walk. Spot numbers in the neighborhood and discuss whey they are used for
- Craft time. Sort and count different craft items
- In the car. Sing songs that involve numbers. Count the number of blue houses you pass.
Walk and Count
Just for fun, let’s expand on how to add some math to your neighborhood walk.
Ordinary activities can be used to reinforce young children’s number sense and introduce them to arithmetic operations such as addition and subtraction.
Take your child for a walk.
You can walk around your neighborhood, through a park, or just around the rooms in your home. As you walk, say silly things for him to do, such as the following:
- Take two big steps and three little steps.
- Take three little steps, hop one time, take three big steps.
- Take one little step, turn around two times.
- Hop four times, turn around one time.
- Take three big steps forward and two big steps backward.
Count aloud each kind of action that your child performs and compliment him for his efforts – 1, 2 – 1, 2, 3. That’s great!”
Let your child turn the tables and say silly things for you to do as you walk.
For your kindergarten child, expand the activity by asking him to “guess” (estimate) how many of his steps it will it take, for example, to get from the tree to the corner. After he makes his estimate, have him count steps to see how close the estimate is. Next ask him how many of your steps it will take. Will it take you more steps or fewer to go the same distance? Again, have him count to see if his answers are correct.
More ways to add math to your child’s day
Throughout the day, find ways to let children practice using arithmetic skills. Ask, for example:
- How many magazines came in the mail?
- How many more letters will we need to get to have 10 letters?
- Which are there more of, magazines or letters?
Want More Math Fun For Kids?
- Make Learning Math For Kids Fun
- Pumpkin Math Activities Are Fun And Educational
- Fun Math Games For Kids