How To Teach Kids Basic Maths Skills From Day To Day Activities

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How To Teach Kids Basic Maths Skills From Day To Day Activities

As you know, the earlier ages of kids are crucial for their personal development. During this time, they can learn many significant skills for later life. One of these is maths skills, which is very helpful for their brain development and encourages them to be interested in studying throughout their lives.

However, how to teach your children the necessary maths skills may make you concerned. Don’t worry, in this post I will show some tips to guide your kids to gain basic maths skills through fun daily activities.

In their childhood, children can absorb a huge amount of knowledge very fast. It depends on their age to obtain different amounts of information. You should, therefore, consider what activities are sufficient for their age group, and avoid forcing them or overloading them with tasks, since doing this will not prove beneficial. One of the best tips for you to teach your children maths is to select tasks based on their age.

Fun Maths Activities For Pre-School Kids (3-5)

Get started with number sense by counting with hands

To help your kids get familiar with some basic math skills, you should guide them to firstly gain number sense. One of the effective measures to do this is counting. Pre-school kids can ultimately learn how to count with their hands in school or at home. You can get your children to have hands-on maths experience easily by counting with their hands.

Identify numbers with colourful pictures

Besides teaching them how to identify numbers and count one by one with their hands, you can use bright and fun items and stick numbers on them. Your kids will gain the ability to recognise numbers while enjoying playing with the fun objects. Moreover, some basic calculations such as addition and subtraction can be taught through this method. It is quite simple yet exciting for the kids.

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Counting and sorting toys

Lay all your children’s toys on the floor or in a basket, gathering all items such as cars, dolls teddy bears or other animals. After that, you can guide them to count with you one by one and sort out their favourite toys. You can teach them how to sort the toys into groups and collect toys of the same size or other features into a group. For example, all the car toys will go to one box.

Roll and Dot the number

There are a lot of super fun maths games for you and your kids. A great game to play is Roll and Dot. Firstly, you write the numbers from 1 to 6 on a piece of paper, like the picture below, and prepare a dice. To play the game, your children will roll the dice, and they then have to identify how many dots are on the dice to dot the numbers on your paper. Also, let your kids cover the numbers with multiple colours. It would be really fun!

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Counting with Teddy Bear

In this simple activity, your kids can play with their beloved Teddy Bear. Get started with it by printing some cards with a number and a cute Teddy Bear on it. You can see the picture below for reference. Then, prepare some buttons for your kids. For the activity, they will need to figure out the numbers on the Teddy Bear cards and count the buttons to place on top of them. These cards will help your kids to obtain some basic maths skills. You can also vary this game depending on your kid’s age and ability.

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You can print and find out about more exciting maths games for your kids here:

Exciting Maths Activities For Older Primary School Kids (6-10)

Bake cookies to learn Maths

Delicious cookies made at your kitchen can be the best tool to help your kids learn maths, especially fractions.

You can bake a batch of cookies to teach your children the way to cut them into small parts. It can be halves, thirds or quarters.  After they have small fractions of cookies, you can use the pieces to make small calculations. For instance, your kids can gather the small pieces into a half of a cookie.

Instead of baked cookies, you could use other sweet dishes such as dough and macaroni.

Have fun with bingo

Bingo sheets work well in supporting your kids to learn math skills while still having an exciting time.

All you need to do is print bingo sheets and the problem cards as in the pictures below.

The following step is to cut the problem cards across the dotted lines. The rules are quite simple but exciting.

You can let your kids choose the bingo sheets they want. After that, shuffle the problem cards and pick a card. Next, you have to call out the equation on the card while your kids will need to work out the calculations and give you an answer. The answers will be marked on the bingo sheets if they are correct. Then you and your children can continue to play.

Say “Bingo” when you have all the numbers in a row, a column or a diagonal line. Whoever has these patterns on the sheets will be a winner.

To find more maths games for your older primary school kids, check out this link.

Foundational maths skills play an essential role in your child’s intellectual development. Therefore, you should teach them in their early ages. Above are useful tips for you to guide your kids to learn basic math skills at a fast pace while keeping them engaged. Combine strong maths skills with fun games and colourful objects to help your kids fall in love with maths. Try them and let me know your results!

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  • dennis. Reply

    My kid has trouble concentrating. But these exercises are interesting enough for her to actually focus. Waiting for more articles like this. Thanksss.

    November 14, 2018 at 11:07 am

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