Make Math a “Hands on”
Learning Experience

for your Child.




Add to the materials you began collecting with your child earlier-materials that can help your child learn more about math.

Ø      Plastic laundry baskets that can become cages and caves

Ø      Small boxes that can become garages and barns

Ø      Small cars

Ø      Small animals


Use the materials you have collected to involve your child in addition and subtraction and “more” or “less” activities.


Include addition and subtraction words as you talk with your child.


Tell stories and read books that include math ideas, books in which characters are added or subtracted as the story progresses.


Additional Ideas: Help your child prepare a “math-on-the-go” bag or shoe box for travel. Let your child choose which materials to put in the bag; for example the animals one time and the cars the next. Your child can play with the materials in the car, on the bus or as you wait in the doctor’s office.


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Activities you can do with your child:

·  Make a bunny out of paper bags and cotton balls.

·  Encourage your child to steer a tricycle through and obstacle course.

·  Look for things that are pink all week long.

·  Have your child begin to learn their birth date and age.

·  Name things that go together (cup/bowl, hammer/nail).

·  Clap to the rhyme of some favorite nursery rhymes.

·  Practice printing by tracing the letters of your child’s name on a piece of paper.

·  Pick a favorite topic and make a list of words that describe that topic.

·  Start a collection (buttons, coins) and count the number of items in the collection.

·  Read two books. Have your child tell you which is their favorite and why.

·  Cut out shapes and play a matching game.

·  Talk and walk and look for signs of spring.

·  Read your child a story and then have your child “read” the same story back to you.

·  Play a matching game with your child.

·  Draw a picture of spring.

·  Have your child name letters found on cereal boxes, and cans.

·  Sing a silly song with your child.


Books suggestions for four & five year olds:

The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins

The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Mr.Grumpy’s Outing by John Burningham

Roll Over! A Counting Song by Merle Peek

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Cristelow