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Making Math Fun For Your Preschooler

Posted on 06-15-2015 | Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco & Legacy West

If you have a preschooler at home you know how inquisitive and eager they are about understanding the world around them. Everywhere a young child goes, whether it’s daycare, on a playdate or spending time at home, there are countless opportunities to learn and grow! As a parent or caregiver, it’s essential to keep an eye out for ways you can help your little learner explore and gain new knowledge.

Math is a subject that can be taught and explored in a variety of creative ways with the toys you already have at home!

Take a look at how you can help enhance your preschooler’s math skills while at home:

1.Organize Toys– Task your child with the responsibility of sorting toys. At first, do not give any specific instructions, let your child decide how to organize and you may be surprised how your child groups things! After your child has grouped the toys, ask questions about how the toys were grouped such as, “Did you sort the toys by how much they weigh? By color? By how often you play with them?” etc. Then proceed to do variations of sorting with your child by asking him to group the toys by size, color, shape etc. Your child can also count the toys in each container to determine how many toys are able to fit.

2.Guessing weights- Ask your child to guess which toy is the heaviest. Then, show your child how to use a scale to weigh the toys and see if the guess was correct.

3.Matching- Play a match game. Ask your children to choose 2 items in the house that weigh the same. Then place the items on the scale and see if the match is correct.

4.Pattern Scavenger Hunt– Ask your child to walk around your home and look for matching patterns, lines or shapes. Join them in the search and see who can find the most patterns.

5.Do a puzzle together –Show your child helpful tips on how to complete the puzzle (place the end pieces together, place similar colors together, etc.).

6.Counting money- Purposefully leave change in your purse or pocket. Review the different types of coins and show your child how 10 pennies is the same amount as 1 dime and 2 nickels and a dime make 1 quarter etc.

7.Measuring food– The kitchen is a great place to practice math skills! Invite your child to help you prepare a dish and give them simple instructions that involve numerical amounts, “Would you please get me 3 strawberries, 1 egg, and 1 cup of milk, etc.”

Any activity that involves numbers, shapes, patterns, or structures can help with math skills. Even simple tasks can be beneficial! At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco & Legacy West, we are passionate about being The First Step to Higher Education™ for your infant, toddler, or preschool child. We understand that a child can learn anywhere – outside on the playground, on a summer camp field trip, and of course, in our classrooms. Our engaging curriculum helps meet each student where they are developmentally while building on previous knowledge. We love seeing our students learn and grow!Contact ustoday for more information, and see firsthand how we are so much more than an average preschool or childcare.

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