Quick Tips for Parents and Caregivers
Explore shapes with puzzles. Point out the pieces' curves, lines, and angles. Encourage your child to flip and rotate pieces to make them fit right.
Add and subtract with game-board dice. After your child rolls a pair of dice, count the dots on one die, then the other. How many dots did he roll all together? Take away one die. How many dots are left?
Give everyone a few pretzels or crackers at snack time. Ask your child to count the items. Did everyone get an equal, or the same, amount? If not, ask your child how many pieces you need to subtract from each pile to make them all the same.
At mealtime, compare two drinking glasses of the same size. Which glass has less liquid? Which has more? During a meal, how does the amount change?
Count while you're out and about! Count pebbles in a garden, petals on a flower, or cracks in a sidewalk.
Use a stick to draw shapes in the sand or dirt. Try making interesting shapes, such as an octagon or a rhombus. Count each shape's sides and angles together.
Hunt for numbers on the way to the grocery store. Your child can call out the numbers she sees on houses, street signs, or license plates.
While you shop, talk about how display items are grouped. How would your child group things—by color, size, or weight? Which items would go together?
Ask your child to pick out two items while you pick out three. Put all the items into one bag. If your child put in two items, and you put in three, how many do you have all together? Count to find out.