At My Place, teaching math concepts is a core principle of our education. Math concepts surround children every day, and children are naturally drawn to them. They’ll learn skills for kindergarten readiness and elementary prep, including: intentionality, problem-solving, critical thinking, reasoning, collaboration, and cause and effect.
Pattern recognition, pattern creation, shapes, and sizes are all concepts that form the building blocks of math. Here are 20 fun math activities you can do with your child to help them build on these concepts.
- Sing songs that involve numbers
- Ask your child for help with measuring ingredients while cooking
- While playing, ask your child to arrange their stuffed animals by size
- Measure soil for seeds while gardening
- Create play money for your child in simple denominations and use them while playing
- Offer different sizes of measuring cups in a sensory bin for your child to experiment with
- Have a simple shape-focused scavenger hunt
- Arrange colored blocks by shape
- Arrange colored blocks in repeatable patterns
- Sing clapping songs such as Patty Cake
- Ask your child to help you sort differently-sized plates and cups while putting away the dishes
- Draw different numbers and shapes and ask your child to color them in
- Have your child draw their own numbers and shapes
- Play Math Hopscotch, indoors or outdoors
- Sort differently-colored cars with the help of sidewalk chalk
- Create a count and sort box game
- Complete a Color By Number picture
- Play a numbers matching game or addition game at home
- Sort beads on labeled pipe cleaners
- Measure the height of a tree using a pencil and measuring tape
Opportunities for your child to learn math skills are all around them. These 20 math activities will help your child have fun while learning, and help with elementary prep and kindergarten readiness.