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
The Hungry Games
Cookie Monster is collecting gems. Your child can run and jump to help Cookie Monster gather his collection and then play color, shape and pattern games with the gems.
Peg and Cat are building rocket ships to send the farm animals into space. Your child can help identify and put together the correct shapes to build the perfect rocket for each set of animals.
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.
When Harry Met Stephanie
Harry learns about patterns in tap dancing. A beat is a pattern that repeats over time, which makes a rhythm.
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
Harry Gets Locked Up
In this clip, Harry helps Harley solve a complex word problem. Your child can learn problem solving, addition, subtraction, and word problem skills from this clip.
Mathroom - Equal Pieces
The agents use problem solving to figure out why things are being split into fractions.
Keeping It Positive
Your child will learn about using a number line to add and subtract positive and negative numbers.
Can evaporation help keep an object cool on a hot day? Your child can run this simple experiment to explore how water evaporation affects temperature.
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.
Your child can learn with the Odd Squad tube operators how to tell your left side from your right side.
Odd Report: Giant Sighting
Your child will learn about using a number line to predict a skip counting pattern.
Olive Goes Undercover
Your child can learn about tally marks and counting by 5 in this clip where Ms. O is explaining the number of villains at the contest.
Cat is Stuck in a Tree... Again
Your child will learn to put things in height order, and use comparative vocabulary such as tall, taller, and tallest.
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