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Measure the lengths of objects by counting the number of blocks along the objects.
Move a baby’s arms up and down and back and forth or count his fingers and toes as you use songs, chants, and nursery rhymes to introduce patterns and counting games.
Have your child explore water at bath time with plastic containers of different shapes and sizes.
Support babies as they figure out how to fit smaller boxes into larger ones or stack objects on top of one another.
Have children measure the towers they are building and discuss ways to build higher and stronger.
Visit a construction site and talk with your child about the tools and machines used by construction workers.
Have children copy patterns of colored beads, and then create their own patterns.
Play a color matching game with your child as you explore colors and shades and tints of colors together.
Demonstrate how to use the balance or homemade scale. Let children compare objects and guess which one is heavier.
When your toddler helps you cook, he’s also learning math!
Have children write a shopping list. Have them count the number of objects they “buy” at the grocery store in the Block Center.
Use your baby’s fascination with fingers and toes to have fun counting.
Display the number chart that includes the number zero. Using your fingers and objects, explain what zero represents in relation to other numbers like one and two.
Have children use different materials to make sounds and then count the number of different sounds.
Have children test objects to see if they will float or sink. Instruct children to place the objects in the “sink” or “float” half of a poster board based on what happened.
Have children try three different kinds of apples. Make a graph of which apple they liked the best.
Print out or draw pictures of musical instruments on a chart and have children place their name card next to the instrument they like best.
Discuss children's observations while rolling or sliding objects down ramps. Create a “Roll” and “Slide” chart with children.
Have children add to the graphs that show how their plants grow over time.
Make a graph of children’s results from the measuring activity.