Even if your kids aren’t Elmo fanatics- I’m sure that YOU watched enough Sesame Street as a kid to know that putting things in order is one of the first math concepts kids begin to understand. Smallest to largest, youngest to oldest, shortest to longest. It’s a real world math activity that kids do almost without thinking. It’s still important to point out this process to kids whenever you can.
Encouraging children to think about numbers and math in the real world is the best way to lay the foundation for a love of math. By finding ways to incorporate math facts at home, in the grocery store, or even waiting in line, you are providing your children with an additional opportunity to learn and understand classroom concepts.
If you need some more ideas, check out our Mathnasium’s Math In The Real World Activity on comparing the values of numbers. Share it with your kids, your friends, and your kids’ friends so you can practice together!
What ways do you use to practice with your kids? Do you organize the pantry and put cans in order by size? Do you ask for the biggest (smallest) bunch of grapes at the grocery? Leave a comment and let me know how you include fun math activities in your daily lives!