Math is an extremely important academic and real-world subject—math is everywhere! Supporting early mathematical development is key, as children's mathematical achievement when they start kindergarten is a strong predictor of later academic success. Children's awareness of number concepts, or numeracy, as well as their ability to detect patterns, recognize shapes and classify and organize objects, can all be enhanced and supported through math games and activities.
TIP: How Many Fingers?
Provide simple reminders that math is part of your toddler’s world. Counting your toddler’s toes and fingers helps your child develop the one-to-one correspondence between objects and numbers.
ACTIVITY TIME: Ten Jumps
Teach toddlers numbers while exercising thier growing bodies. Read more >
IDEAS & INSIGHTS: When Do Children Learn to Count?
Research has shown that infants are born with an ability to tell the difference between two and three objects. Read more >
TIP: Count Your Snacks
Use nuts or raisins to practice counting, adding and subtracting with numbers 1–10. Practice "take away" every time your child eats one, recounting each time to see how many remain. At this age, don't expect your child to count in his head; preschoolers need to practice counting concrete objects.
ACTIVITY TIME: Block Power
Block out time for playting with blocks! Blocks are great math tools. Read more >
QUICK PRINTABLE: Greater Than Maze
This printable activity requires your child to identify numbers that are greater than or less than one another to solve the maze. Print >
TIP: Set the Table
This simple chore reinforces the mathematic principle of one-to-one correspondence: For each family member, your child should set one place setting (one plate, one napkin, one fork, etc.).
ACTIVITY TIME: Play War!
Play the card game “War” to give your child practice with greater than and less than. Read more >
QUICK PRINTABLE: A Pirate's Path
Learning to differentiate between and identify 2D polygons is an important early geometry skill. This printable activity reinforces that skill. To extend the learning, ask your child to name all the shapes he or she sees. Print >
Conquer Math Skills
Build math skills with favorite LeapFrog characters!
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