Here are some general “anytime” math activities to help your child practice kindergarten math skills.
- Count! Count by 1s, 10s, 5s, 2s. How high can you go? Start on numbers other than 1. Be sure to listen to then and make sure they are not skipping groups.
- Count objects. Use our counting strategies. (Move them from one place to another, line them up, touch each one.) Count large amounts of objects by making groups of 10 and counting by 10s.
- Measure things around the house. Use nonstandard units. Measure the counter by lining up matchbox cars. How many cars wide is the counter?
- Turn every day activities into addition/subtraction problems. For example: It’s snack time. Go get 7 crackers (Use your counting strategies to count them out!). Now get 4 more. How many crackers do you have now? Draw a picture of it. Did you add or subtract? Write an equation to show what you did. Now eat 5. Draw it. Did you add or subtract? Write an equation to show it.
- Make graphs! Grab a handful of jellybeans. Sort them. Count how many of each color you have. Make a chart to show that data. Turn that data into a bar graph.
- Play shape Ispy! Look around the house or go on a walk. Look for 2D or 3D shapes. “I spy with my little eye, something that is a cylinder.” (The coffee mug on the counter.)