There are many subjects in school that I loved. In fact, I loved most subjects but math was definitely not one of them. Ironically, it’s one of the few things that I actually use in the real world.
Whether you like math or not, it is an important skill that will be used for a lifetime and building math skills at an early age can help set your toddler or preschooler up for success in the future.
Of course, I don’t mean that you should do math equations with your little one but there are ways you can start introducing a foundation for math skills to little ones in a way that is fun and useful for life!
I’m pretty sure reading is on the every activity list I’ve ever written! It really is one of the best ways to introduce your child to pretty much anything. One of our favorite books that has some “math” (i.e. counting) is 10 Apples up on Top. There are many different activities that you can add it, to add to the fun!
Cooking & Baking
Toddlers and preschoolers love to help in the kitchen and while they’re helping you cook or bake, they will be learning some simple math, even if they may not be quite ready for measuring, they can watch you measure and pour. You can have your child count the ingredients (example, two eggs) and you can work on number recognition. Plus, this is one of those life skills that they will need math for in the future!
Ok, so money management may sound a little far-fetched at this age but, again, you are introducing your child to math and the skills that use math. There are various ways that you can introduce your child to money without having to pay them an allowance or give them any money. Right now we are collecting change in a baby bottle to donate to our local pregnancy help center. I let my son get involved by putting money into the bottle. At this point, we don’t focus on the values of the coins we just count. And I do mean count, not recite numbers. Counting is math!
Another way I introduce math through managing money is when we have cash at the store, I let my son “pay”. We talk about how much our total is and how much money we have, then we count the change! Also, recently my son dog sat for my sister which she paid him $5 for. We went to the dollar store to buy some cars. I told him that he had $5 and each car was $1 then I helped him figure out how many cars he could buy and he chose 5 cars (I paid the tax!). And when he wanted more than 5, we talked about how he didn’t have enough dollars. This was a really great lesson for him and it’s definitely one he will need for life.
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