December 22, 2013
Winter is a fantastic time for learning! With so many changes taking place in nature it’s the perfect time to utilize the season to work on math skills with your little learners.
There’s always an opportunity to use math in day-to-day occurrences. Make the most of the winter months and keep your skills sharp, whether you’re indoors or outside using these clever strategies:
- Use leftover gift boxes from the holidays and stack them at random. Ask your child to line up the boxes from smallest to largest, counting along the way. The same could be done with stuffed animals or favorite toys.
- Winter usually means heavier clothing, which oftentimes leads to more buttons. Go on a button search with your child and have them count how many buttons they have on, you have on, and compare who has the most.
- Point out mathematical and relational comparisons during daily activities. For example, ask your child to count how many fruits are on his or her plate during lunch. Then describe the difference between each fruit.
- Get moving by taking a walk outside with your child and collect different items pertaining to nature. An acorn, pine cones, sticks, etc. Create garlands at home using the materials you collected and count how many items you have strung.
- If you have snow on the ground, try going for a walk or taking a drive to count how many snowmen your child sees. If you live in warmer climates, try building this snowman with your child as a means for counting.
For more ideas on winter math activities, visit Kiddie Academy’s Pinterest page.
“Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes.” — Mickey Mouse