Looking for a fun way to teach early math skills to your little ones? These are simple ways to work on math together to make it feel fun and playful for your little one.
For each of these activities, you’ll need:
Activity One: Teaching one-to-one correspondence (understanding that “1”equals 1 object)
Children will often learn to count the same way they might learn a song. They can say the words, but don’t really understand what they mean. In this activity, we put one pom-pom in each space, helping your child understand that “one” means 1 object.
Activity two: Sorting
Sort the pom-poms by color, one in each muffin cup.
If your child has trouble getting started, you can put one of each color in the cup. Then, ask your child to try and find the “match”.
Activity three: Counting, More and Less and Graphs
Have your child sort the colors and make a “train” (be sure the trains all start at the same spot!). The finished result will be a bar graph! You can count the pom-poms, touching each as you go along. You can also talk about which colors have more or less.
Something to remember: If your child doesn’t want to finish (or even start) the activities, it’s OK! Some children will want to spend time just exploring what’s in front of them. Remember that play is a child’s work.
Children are naturally curious and love to learn…don’t be afraid to follow their lead. And, of course, have fun!