Connecting math to everyday life makes math real and purposeful for your child. Here are 3 easy activities to help your young child improve their math skills in the New Year:
- Make math “tasty.” Cook a simple recipe together. Let him measure small amounts of ingredients, or count eggs. Talk about the degrees of heat on the oven dial, and how to use the timer. Or, make simple sandwiches for lunch and cut into triangles, rectangles, or squares. Make a pizza and discuss how to divide it equally with your family. When reheating in the microwave have him countdown with the timer for practice counting backwards.
- Toss some dice! With a very young child use one die. Roll and count the dots for one-to-one correspondence. This means correctly counting objects (the dots) to represent a numeral. Or, have him roll dice and choose the die that shows more (or less.) For a kindergarten or 1st grader use dice for addition and subtraction. To practice addition, have him roll the dice and add the dots. For subtraction she can roll the dice, find the total, and then take one die away to see the remainder.
- Play some simple card games with your child. Games such as, “Concentration,” “Go Fish,” “Crazy Eights,” “War,” etc., are great ways to refine math skills. The cards visually reinforce numerals and their value. These games promote number recognition, number value, more than, less than, and help her increase number fluency.
For more suggestions and directions, simply Google “Easy card games for kids.”