Even before school starts, young children are learning math through daily routines and activities. They are excited when they recognize numbers in their environment and enjoy simple activities such as counting blocks or toy cars. These activities build a foundation for more complex mathematical concepts in the future. There are many easy ways you can help your two-year-old feel confident and excited about math, including reading counting books together or spotting numbers at the grocery store.
Math Teaching Your Two-Year-Old Numbers and Counting
Instill a love of numbers at an early age:
Play "How Many?"
When you and your child are in a group of people — in the car, at the park or around the dinner table — stop and ask, "I wonder how many people are here?" Help count each person, one at a time.
In this printable activity, your child can practice counting as she learns about different types of tools and how they are used.Do This Activity
Count as You Step
Is your little one slow at climbing stairs? Motivate him with some number counting! Count each step as you mount it and see how high you can get. Your child will be scrambling up to higher numbers (and steps) in no time!
Grover's Winter Games
Grover is attending the winter games. Using numbers, patterns and colors to solve problems, your child can watch the athletes in their skiing, snowboarding and ice skating competitions.Play This Game
Sing a Counting Song
Just as the alphabet song helps kids memorize their letters, number songs can help them memorize numbers in order. Songs like "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe" teach counting up, and songs such as “Five Little Monkeys” can introduce counting down. You can even make up your own! And you can practice singing numbers 1 to 10 anywhere — in the car, at the park or before bedtime.
Your child can practice adding and subtracting one frog at a time from the lily pond Garden while Curious George commands the chorus of singing frogs.Play This Game
Help Your Child Learn to Love Math with Curious George
Curious George is a little monkey who wants to explore and discover new things. Like George, children are always learning! And his interactions with patterns, measurements, and shapes can help your child begin to see math in the world around them.Find Activities
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Adding Up Animal Habitats
In this activity, your child will practice basic math skills while exploring local habitats and the animals that live in them.
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Wild Kratts Creature Math
Creature Math helps children learn valuable ecology and science concepts while practicing addition and subtraction as they create their very own animal habitat, filled with cool creature pals!
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Telly's Shape Garden
Telly wants to create a shape garden. In this game, your child can practice shape recognition skills and learn about some attributes of squares, triangles, and ovals.
Elmo's School Friends
Elmo wants to play with his friends at school, but discovers that each friend is having trouble with their playtime task. In this game, your child can choose a friend to play with and then decide how to best solve his friends' problems such as stacking a high tower of blocks, cleaning up spilled toys, or deciding who gets a special dress up outfit.