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 four-year-old feel confident and excited about math, including reading counting books together or spotting numbers at the grocery store.
Math Teaching Your Four-Year-Old Numbers and Counting
Instill a love of numbers at an early age:
Hopscotch is a fun physical activity that helps reinforce number recognition for young children. Is the weather not cooperating for a sidewalk chalk version? You can make an indoor hopscotch board using flattened cardboard boxes, an old shower curtain, or a disposable tablecloth! Simply use a permanent marker to make the squares and have your child write the numbers. Your child can then use a small bean bag or stuffed toy to throw onto the board and hop his way through counting.
Curious George is growing a flower garden. Your child can practice counting skills by counting flowers with George.Play This Game
Locate Your Home
Numbers aren't just for counting — they are also for labeling. Teach your child the street number on your home. Explain how buildings are numbered on every street and take a walk around your neighborhood, pointing out the numbers on homes, businesses and signs.
George is learning his numbers. Your child can practice number recognition skills by dialing the numbers the Man in the Yellow Hat calls out and then watching a short video.Play This Game
Set the Table
Practice math skills at mealtime! Ask your child to help set the table by telling her how many forks, plates and napkins she needs to count. Encourage her to count as she places each item on the table (one fork, two forks, three forks . . .).
Your child can practice counting skills as she helps feed Cat the right number of snacks by selecting the quantity that matches the requested number.Play This Game
Master the "Tricky Teens"
Your child might be close to counting to 20 at this point. However, most children get stuck somewhere around "13, 14, 15, 16" — skipping numbers or jumbling the order. You can help by practicing these teen numbers the most and making a number line for your child to visualize the teens in order.
The Peg + Cat Big Jig Flipbook
Your child can practice number and counting skills while making Peg and Cat dance in this simple to put together printable flip book.Do This Activity
Count Backward from 10
Just as with counting up to 10, number songs are a great way to help kids catch on to counting backward. You can also watch the numbers counting down on a microwave or digital timer to explore this concept. Or pretend to set off rockets with a countdown from 10!
Count Ladybug Spots With Your Child
Your child can practice addition and subtraction by helping you create a ladybug with up to 10 spots!Do This Activity
Help Your Child Learn to Love Math with Peg + Cat
Through engaging stories and comedy, Peg + Cat encourages your child to see math as exciting, accessible, and fun. The show teaches measurement, shapes and patterns, and problem-solving skills that children can use in their everyday lives.Find Activities
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Make Pancakes With Science on the Side!
The kitchen is a great place to explore math and science skills. Turn your morning breakfast into a learning opportunity by measuring ingredients and discussing the changes that occur as you mix ingredients to make yummy pancakes.
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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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Stack to the Sky
Bob and his friends are on the job! Your child can carefully choose and stack building parts to create a structure that meets a specified height requirement.