Category: Math and Numbers

  • #22 Math Fun with Transportation Toys

    Math fun with transportation toys is easy and makes math relevant. Kids develop familiarity and confidence when they experience math as part of play. Children often play with cars and trucks by zooming them. This can be math. Cars go fast, but one will go faster. This is a comparison. Young toddlers may not use…

  • Transportation Play #13: Transportation Counting Activity

    Make the day count with this simple transportation counting activity that also helps to develop number sense. These are two early math skills for kids. In urban areas, there are lots of red, yellow, and green traffic lights. You can make a traffic light counting board with a piece of paper or cardboard. Down the…

  • Bubble Activities #22: Bubble Wrap Math Patterns

    Since we had out both the paints and the bubble wrap, we did some more painting and using different colors created bubble wrap math patterns.   Using 2 scrap blocks of wood about the size of Duplo blocks, I covered these with bubble wrap and stuck a push pin in to hold it together. Little…

  • Bubble Activity #16: Counting Bubbles Math Fun

    With Big Sister going to school, Little Sister has been showing more interest in paper and pencil activities. She had fun counting bubbles with this simple activity.   Counting bubbles outside is almost impossible. Sometimes, instead of one single bubble floating away gently, several really small ones appear and disappear before they can be counted.…

  • Bubble Play & Learn #13: Bubble Math-Science Activity

    Bubbles Make Raisins Dance Bubbles are exciting for kids and this bubble math and science activity just pops with fun. It’s simple and easy to do, combining play and learning. Find a clear jar or bottle. Because spills can happen with kids, we used one with a lid. With your child, count out 10 raisins…

  • March 14th: Time for Pi Day Fun for Kids

    What’s a little Pi between friends? Or cake? Today is Pi day and also, most appropriately, Einstein’s birthdate. Time for some Pi day fun for kids. The value of Pi is approximately 3.14 so March 14th is obviously the day to celebrate. Isn’t it amazing that Einstein, the most famous mathematician, was born on this…

  • Time Change for Young Children – Clock Treasure Hunt

    The time change for young children can create wrinkles, and not just in the bed covers. Anything happening at your house to get ready for springing forward? We might think young children wouldn’t be affected by the time change—after all, they can’t read a clock—but that’s not the case. Maybe it’s because they can’t that…

  • Star Wars Math Counting and Patterning

    Children’s play counts when it comes to early learning and development so an idea for a play-of-the-day is Star Wars math  counting and patterning. Not having Star Wars characters and toys isn’t even a problem. We have a few but not enough to count—pardon the pun—so instead we used some glow-in-the-dark stars that came from…

  • Dinosaur Craft and Number Fun for Dinovember

    From math to music, yoga to crafts, there are many ways to have Dinovember fun. This dinosaur craft is creative, colorful, and counts. This dino play-of-the-day just needs a few items that you likely have already. To start, adult hands need to cut a dinosaur shape out of thicker paper or light cardboard. We used…

  • Dinovember: One-To-One Correspondence and Play

    Play is so amazing for learning. Play time with dinosaurs and cars was a great opportunity for figuring out one-to-one correspondence or matching. Besides counting and making a pattern sequence, this is another critical skill for math. Not only that, it’s important for language too. What is one-to-one correspondence? Just like it sounds, it’s matching…