Goals & Books
Hold up objects and ask your child questions like, "Which one of these things is bigger? Smaller?" Or, while out and about, "Which person is taller? Shorter?"
Give your child a specific job to as you sort laundry together, like matching the socks or putting each person's folded clothes in a separate pile.
Follow The Leader
As you walk around the house, tell your child to follow you. Take 2 baby steps and 1 giant step. Take 3 big steps and 4 baby steps. You can use this game when you want your child to go somewhere with you.
When taking a walk or shopping, ask your child to point to objects that are the same shape. Have your child point to objects that are shaped like squares, circles, triangles and rectangles.
Take a walk in the neighborhood. What do you and your child see that is up in the air, inside a yard, under your feet?(Practice positional words: up, down, beside, between, above, below, inside, outside, under, over)
Materials: index cards, ink pen or marking pen, stickers (optional)
Instructions: Let your child watch you make number cards. Begin with the one card. Draw the numeral 1 on one side of the index card and make one big dot or put one sticker on the other side.
1. Put a card in front of your child with the numeral side up.
2. Ask your child to guess how many dots or stickers are on the other side of the card.
3. Turn the card over and count the dots or stickers with your child. If your child gives you the incorrect answer say, "Uh-oh! You almost guessed right, but not quite."
Continue playing the game for a few minutes or as long as your child is interested. If your child is having trouble "guessing" the right answer, limit the cards you use to the 1 and 2 or perhaps the 1, 2 and 3 cards.
Make a math game with cardboard, a pen and a block. Cut the cardboard into a strip about 4 inches wide and 10 inches long. Mark off the strip into 5 sections. Write number 1 in the first section, number 2 in the second and so on. Give the strip and the block to your child. Call out a number. Have them practice moving the block to that number and repeating its name. As your child learns, make a new strip with 10 numbers.
Materials: eight clothespins, one 8-inch paper plate, marker/pen
Instructions: Using marker, divide the paper plate into eight sections. Write the numeral in each section, 1-8. Write a numeral, 1-8, on one side of each clothespin. On the other side draw dots (one dot for numeral 1, two for numeral 2, and so on). Using either the numeral side or the dot side of the clothespin, encourage your child to place the clothespin in the correct place on the paper plate.
Books on Counting & Numbers
1 2 3 Pop! by Rachel Isadora
Anno's Counting House by Mitsumasa Anno
Arlene Aida's 1, 2, 3 by Arlene Aida
City By Numbers by Stephen Johnson
Count by Denise Fleming
Counting Wildflowers by Bruce McMillan
Each Orange had 8 Slices by Paul Giganti, Jr
Farm Counting Book by Jane Miller
Have You Seen My Duckling? By Jane Miller
How Many Feet In The Bed? by Diane Hamm
I Can Count 100 Bunnies, and So Can You! by Cyndy Szekeres
Jelly Beans For Sale by Bruce McMillan
Look Whooo's Counting by Suse MacDonald
Mouse Count by Ellen Walsh
My Red Umbrella by Robert Bright
One, Two, One Pair! by Bruce McMillan
One, Two, Three: An Animal Counting Book by Marc Brown
Over in the Meadow by Olive A. Wadsworth
Roar! A Noisy Counting Book by Pamela D. Edwards
Roll Over! A Counting Song by Merle Peek
Splash by Ann Jones
Ten In A Bed by Mary Rees
Ten Black Dots by Donald Crews
Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang
The Bad Babies Counting Book by Tony Bradman
The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
The Icky Bug Counting Book by Jerry Pallotta
What Comes in 2's, 3's, and 4's? by Suzanne Aker
When We Went to the Park by Shirley Hughes