Ways to support your child’s mathematics development

  • Encouraging your child to use mathematical language — how much, how big, how small, how many?
  • Discussing the use of numbers, patterns and shapes in your day-to-day life.
  • Playing with money: pretend store, have children pay for items in a store, round cost amounts and add up items when shopping. 
  • Estimating, measuring and comparing lengths and heights, how heavy or light things are and how much  containers hold.
  • Using everyday tools to measure.
  • Asking ‘Does that make sense?’, ‘Is the answer reasonable?’ or ‘What other ways could we do this?’
  • Playing with blocks — concepts of size, numbers, patterns and problem solving can be explored by playing with blocks. You can help extend your child’s mathematical and spatial concepts by giving him or her paper, pencil and a ruler for drawing block buildings.
  • Doing puzzles — puzzles are a great way for children to learn about sizes, shapes and colours.
  • Thinking out loud — so your child can learn about how you solve problems.
  • Organising, categorising and counting collections of things like toys, books, clothing and shoes.
  • Looking at the calendar
    • look for numbers that are repeated
    • count up and down from a number
    • how many days until…?
    • how many weeks until…?
  •  Playing cards
    •  sort by colour, or suit
    •  build card houses
    •  games: Go Fish, Crazy Eights, War, Finding 10, 21, Concentration
  • Playing board games