It's easy for kids — and parents! — to see math as a school activity. We often think it's just about counting or adding or learning math facts. But by exploring the interesting ways math shapes the world around us, we can help our children begin to think like mathematicians and learn to love math.
Helping Your Eight-Year-Old Learn to Love Math
Ramone's Pebble Plane
In this clip, Ramone teaches about learning from your mistakes and reading from a meter.
Lord Rectangle, Ms. Triangle, Gen. Pentagon and Prof. Square
Your child will learn about attributes of 2D shapes, such rectangles, squares, triangles, and pentagons, and that squares are a type of rectangle with equal sides.
The Case of Common Chris
The Odd Squad needs to keep Common Chris from stealing shapes. Your child can help by putting common shapes together to form more complex shapes and keep them out of Common Chris' sight.
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.
The Great Shape Race
Interacting with basic shapes can help your child learn about shape properties. In this game, collect shapes along a path and then fill in the shapes needed to complete the bridge.
Once you start looking for patterns, you will start to find them everywhere. There are patterns in colors, shapes, sounds, dances and even daily routines! Learning patterns is a skill that translates directly into algebraic thinking, so by exploring these ideas now, you will be setting the stage for bigger math ideas later.Learn More
Kooky Clown vs. Fladam
Olive uses past evidence to predict how Fladam will perform. This clip can teach your child about probability, likelihood, data collection, and tally marks.
Looking for Shapes on the Polka Dot Planet
Your child can practice counting and shape recognition in this clip where Peg and Cat need to find 3 of each shape.
Otis and Olympia Find a Lighter Gadget than the Shuttlecock
Otis and Olympia go to Oona's lab to find a gadget that is lighter than a shuttlecock.
Math and Sports: Tips for Parents
Sporting events offer many opportunties to practice early math skills. Here are some tips for how to engage your child in the fun of sports while reinforcing important math concepts like making and interpreting diagrams and making predictions.
Things are Coming Apart
Objects are being cut apart into smaller pieces, or fractions, and the agents count them try and figure out the problem.
Keeping It Positive
Your child will learn about using a number line to add and subtract positive and negative numbers.
The Harry Show: Ice Cream Royale
Harry counts his dollars, quarters, nickels, dimes and pennies to determine if he has enough to buy ice cream.
Count Your Chickens
In this game, your child can help Curious George count and compare numbers while counting baby chicks in a pen.
Prankster Planet: Mission 10
In this clip, your child can explore how to group objects and use deductive reasoning to find a specific item in a large group.
Help Your Child Learn to Love Math with Odd Squad
Odd Squad focuses on a kid-run agency that saves the day whenever something unusual happens. Emphasizing problem solving, teamwork and perseverance in every strange and hilarious new assignment, agents use math to investigate weird problems -- and your child can help!Find Activities