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Adding Houses

Measure the lengths of objects by counting the number of blocks along the objects.

Back and Forth, Up and Down

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.

Bathtub Science

Have your child explore water at bath time with plastic containers of different shapes and sizes.

Bigger and Bigger

Support babies as they figure out how to fit smaller boxes into larger ones or stack objects on top of one another.

Build High

Have children measure the towers they are building and discuss ways to build higher and stronger.

Building Site

Visit a construction site and talk with your child about the tools and machines used by construction workers.

Color Match

Have children copy patterns of colored beads, and then create their own patterns.

Color Strip Match

Play a color matching game with your child as you explore colors and shades and tints of colors together.

Comparing Weight

Demonstrate how to use the balance or homemade scale. Let children compare objects and guess which one is heavier.

Cooking with Math

When your toddler helps you cook, he’s also learning math!

Count the Veggies

Have children write a shopping list. Have them count the number of objects they “buy” at the grocery store in the Block Center.

Count Your Fingers and Toes!

Use your baby’s fascination with fingers and toes to have fun counting.

Countdown to Zero

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.

Counting Sounds

Have children use different materials to make sounds and then count the number of different sounds.

Does It Float?

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.

Draw and Write Together: Favorite Fruits

Have children try three different kinds of apples. Make a graph of which apple they liked the best.

Draw and Write Together: Favorite Instrument Graph

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.

Draw and Write Together: “How It Moves” Chart

Discuss children's observations while rolling or sliding objects down ramps. Create a  “Roll” and “Slide” chart with children.

Draw and Write Together: Make a Graph #1

Have children add to the graphs that show how their plants grow over time.

Draw and Write Together: Make a Graph #2

Make a graph of children’s results from the measuring activity.

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