Most children get exposed to math concepts before they enter school. This is a good start, as math is not an easy subject, yet it’s one of those that’s important all throughout school, college and life! If you are looking to provide a good foundational training for your children, there are a number toys and activities you can use to improve their math skills and at their comfort level. Here are a few ideas:
Wooden Block Toys
This simple toy can now be used to introduce math to young children. How? You can using the blocks to teach addition and subtraction simply by stacking and removing the blocks. You can also enhance your child’s learning ability and understanding by asking them to stack or remove so as to get to a number.
Using Math Flash Cards is still a popular choice among parents today due to its success. The drills with math flash cards take your child through many years of learning the basics of math and this is a good form of encouragement for your child to continue to build upon his or her math skills to the point that the answers come quickly.
Be The Teacher
You can be your child’s first math teacher. You can start by teaching them to count from 1 to 10 and increase the range when your child’s writing skills develop. Taking the time to teach your child how to write the numbers clearly is also a great basic concept to improve your child’s math understanding, as there will be no guessing on what the numbers are.
Daily Outdoor Activities
Simple outdoor activities that you do with your child are more likely to improve your child’s math understanding. Look for examples of math being used on your outings with your child. Some of the popular examples include, making a purchase in stores, learning a new recipe (which includes getting the right ingredients amount and the preparation), and simple financial skills like understanding the importance of paying bills on time. You can also make math fun, by letting children pay for items and having them count out the change for you. You’d be surprised how much they can enjoy it!