5 Ways to Practice Math with Children in Everyday Household Activities and Conversations
Contrary to what one might sometimes believe, math can live outside of flashcards and textbooks. There are so many ways to practice math so the whole family can enjoy. Below are 5 simple ways (targeted for various grade levels) that children can practice their math skills in everyday household activities and conversations:
- Let your child think of a number between a stated range of numbers while you try to guess the number by asking questions. (Grades K-5)
- Count by fives, sevens, etc. as you pass time or play games. For instance, count by threes as you climb a flight of stairs or have kids brush their teeth until they get to 100 by counting in their heads by fours. (Grades 3 – 5)
- There is no better place than the kitchen to turn cooking and baking into a math lesson. Give your child tasks like sorting your ingredients or counting how many eggs you need for a certain recipe. (Grades K-5)
- Sewing, knitting, and crocheting all use many kinds of math to create pieces of clothing, quilts, or wall hangings. You can count rows on a sock or multiply to figure out how many times a certain color will fit across your creation. (Grades 3 – 5)
- If your child has a fun event coming up, like a birthday party, start a countdown. This lesson will teach time-telling skills, and it will help pass the time until the event.
What ways can you help teach math to your young child? Please share your ideas and we might publish them in future family fun activity posts.