# Activities for Everyday

Seeing, doing and talking about how we use math everyday helps build a strong math foundation for your child. Math is everywhere!

## Counting and using numbers

• How many are there?
• How do you know?
• If you don’t know, how can you find out?
• Does that make sense?
Things to do
• Counting:
• Let your child see and hear you counting.
• Count everything – touch each thing while counting.
• Use number rhymes and songs.
• While setting the table, ask: How many forks do we need?
• Play games and have your child say the numbers.
• Number recognition:
• Play card games.
• Find numbers on signs or in newspapers (for example, find all the threes).
• Use magnetic numerals.
• Make play dough numerals.
• Sorting:
• Sort the laundry.
• Put away the cutlery and toys.
• Arrange books (sort by size or subject).
• Collect items to use for sorting (such as buttons, rocks, nuts and bolts, or beads) and sort them using muffin tins or egg cartons.
• Sort playing cards or dominoes.
• Ordering:
• Use nesting toys.
• Ask which flower is the tallest or shortest.
• Order various materials by length, volume, size (such as ribbon, buttons, lids, pieces of paper).
• Use playing cards or dominoes.
• Number concepts:
• Find out how many items there are (use common things, like doors in the house, cars on the street, cups on the table, or traffic lights on a trip to the store).
• Tap your finger ____ times and have your child tell you the numeral or point to the number on a numeral card.
• Make groups of 3, 4, 5, 6 things.
• Make “8” as many ways as you can (for example, 4 and 4, 5 and 3, 2 and 6).
• Match numeral cards with the correct number of things (such as matching the numeral 8 card with eight objects).
• Look at dominoes and find all the ones that have a total of ___ dots.

## Spatial thinking

• What do you see?
• What would happen if______?
• Can you tell me why______?
Things to do
• Recognize dot patterns on dice without counting them. Let your child call out the numbers on the dice.
• Conduct a shape search playing “I Spy” (for example, “I spy something that is round”).
• Build with blocks. Make designs with shape blocks.
• Play shape tickle by drawing shapes on your child’s back so that she or he can identify them.
• Play with puzzles and games that involve fitting shapes into a space.
• Make jigsaw puzzles using pictures and then put them back together.
• Practice position words by having a treasure hunt—follow clues like over, under, above, below, next to, beside.
• Put cutlery into the right space in the tray.

## Estimation

• How do you know?
• Does that make sense?
• If you don’t know, how can you find out?
• Is there another way to find out?
• How many _____do you think there are?
• Which one has more, is longer, is heavier?
Things to do
• Estimate first and then find:
• Something that is longer, shorter, lighter, heavier, than _______.
• How many crayons end-to-end would go from the couch to the fireplace?
• How many blocks will fit in this box?
• Which will take longer: walking to the door or writing your name?
• How many minutes does it take for your food to come after you order?
• How many pennies will it take to cover a book?

## Patterning

• How do you know?
• Does that make sense?
• If you don’t know, how can you find out?
• Do you see a pattern? Tell me about it.
• What will come next?
Things to do
• Look for repeating patterns on cloth, wallpaper, or clothing.
• Look for repeating patterns in time (such as seasons, months, or daily routines).
• Listen for patterns in songs and clap or dance the rhythm.
• Start patterns with blocks, beads, playing cards, or toys and get children to make them longer.
• Count by tens, fives, and twos.