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
Let's Make a Garden!
Your child can learn about multiplication, measuring, and area in this clip where the CyberSquad works together to plant a garden.
Send in the Trolls
Calling all trolls of median height! In this game, your child can practice sorting a line of trolls from shortest to tallest to find the troll with the median height to send to the Cyberspace beauty contest.
Your child can practice counting by ones with bathtime bubbles in this Curious George online game.
Sunflower Biscuit Bones
In this interactive book, your child can learn how to follow a recipe and use measurement skills to bake bone shaped dog treats.
Animal Winter Olympics
Your child will learn about relative position words, such as over, under, and in between.
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
Math Magic: The Great Loopini
Watch as Harry performs some math magic on loops of paper, and always ends up with the largest loop.
Harry Goes Against the Grain
Your child will learn about the concept of doubling a number, which introduces them to multiplication.
Polka Dot Planet Communication
Peg and Cat can show your child different ways to communicate numbers, like using words, numerals, and fingers.
Tall Green Man with a Cape and a Pointy Chin
Your child will learn about conducting a survey, and the importance of asking the same specific questions.
Your child can learn about musical beats, directional opposites, and problem solving in this junkyard music clip.
Your child will learn about adding multiple numbers to arrive at a sum, and using strategies to get there such as counting on fingers, understanding the concept of doubles, as well as understanding what happens when you add 0.
Pirates and Peaches -- A Peg + Cat Board Game
Your child can practice fair shares, counting and number recognition in this fun printable board game from Peg + Cat.
That Was Exciting
Your child will learn to arrive at the desired measurement when they only have other scales of measurement available.
Odd Report: Traffic Jam
Your child can practice reading maps and using landmarks in this clip where Oscar explains a mission to the agents.
Exploring Spatial Sense
Your child will be hunting for treasure up, down and all around in this fun treasure hunt activity that focuses on developing spatial language skills.
Curious George wants to share an equal number of treats between dogs. Your child can practice counting and comparison skills while helping George distribute the treats.
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