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5 Easy Maths Activities from Preschool to kindergarten

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We often miss crucial opportunities for teaching our children maths in new exciting ways. The biggest problem is that 1. There is too much information on the internet and you don’t know what to do. 2. There arent any quick activities that you can do with the time you have and 3. You sometimes don’t have simple step instructions on ”How” to do the activities. Well, I have for you 5 simple, quick activities with instructions on exactly HOW and What to do with your child!

More or Less



How do I know if they are ready?

If your child can count objects from from 1 – 10 correctly.

Activity:

Step 1: Have your child build a tower with the cubes.

Step 2: Then get them to build a smaller tower with the cubes.

Step 3: Have them place them next to each other.



Step 4: Get the child to count the longest tower and write the number down. Reapt this for the smaller tower.

Step 5: Show the child the smaller number is small because it is less.

Step 6: Repeat this with different numbers

What to do after they know it:

  • Have your child build towers and compare them. Encourage your child to use vocabularies such as Long and Short.
  • Have your child use a ruler and write down the measurements.
  • Have your child sort the numbers into More and Less categories.
  • Have your child compare other objects in the home. Which is more and Which is less?

Odd and Even numbers 

How do I know if they are ready?

  • Your child can count from one to ten.
  • Recognise numbers 1 – 10
  • Can match the correct amount of objects to the correct number.

Step 1: Place number cards from 1 – 10 in a line.

Step 2: Get your child to use the cubes to match the quantities ensuring each cube has a friend.



Step 3: Have them place them next to each other. The numbers without a friend go at the bottom in the middle.

Step 4: Explain to your child that the numbers that have friends are called Even numbers and the ones that don’t have a friend are called Odd numbers.

Step 5: Allow the child to set up the activity and do it on their own, asking you if they can show you the odd and even numbers.

Step 6: Repeat this activity for few times if your child does not understand the concept straight away.

What to do after they know it:

  • Use different objects to see if they can spot the odd and even amount
  • Have your child do sums and check if the answer is odd or even.
  • Sort numbers or objects into odd and even categories.

Number bonds 



How do I know if they are ready?

  • Your child can count from 1 – 5 correctly.
  • Your child can count up to 5 objects.
  • Your child can recognise numbers from 1 – 5.
  • Your child can write numbers 1 – 5 (If they cannot write you can also do this activity through talking instead).
  • Knows the sighs + (Add) and = (Equal).

Step 1: Give your child 5 cubes and have them separate the cubes into two circles



Step 2: Get your child to find different ways of separating the cubes and talk about how cubes many are in both circles.

Step 3: Use them to create sums. Eg: 2+3=5

Step 4: Use the blocks to recreate these sums using different colours.

What to do after they know it:

  • Find different ways of making numbers up to 10, 20 and 100!
  • Work on different sums.
  • Practice writing numbers 1 – 5 (If your child needs support with writing)

Teaching sharing 



How do I know if they are ready?

If your child can count objects from from 1 – 10 correctly.

Step 1: Collect an even amount of cubes and draw two circles on a whiteboard. It helps to introduce a story! E.g You have 12 sweets mum wants some sweets too can you share the sweets equally between mum and you? It’s best to use people they know in real life or do this in real-life scenarios.



Step 2: Take one cube at a time and put it in each circle. Use the phrase ”One for you and one for me.” This helps chid know that they should separate the cubes into each circle.



Step 3: Use different even numbers for sharing

What to do after they know it:

  • Have them share items in real-life scenarios.
  • Get them to set the dinner table and share the correct amount of plates, cups and cutlery.
  • Use real-life objects.
  • You can speak about how odd numbers have a remainder and that they stay outside the circles because it won’t be ”fair” to give it out.

Multiplication



How do I know if they are ready?

  • Your child can count objects from 1 – 50 correctly
  • Your child knows how to add numbers.
  • Your child is learning to skip count. E.g: Counting in 2’s – 2,4,6,8,10,12..

Step 1: Ask your child to build a block of 2 cubes.



Step 2: Ask them to make groups of these blocks.

Step 3: Get your child to count how many there are altogether.

Step 4: Do this with different multiplication symbols.

What to do after they know it:

  • Write down a multiplication sum and have your child use blocks to find the answer.



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