Numbers and counting are a crucial part of your child's growing mathematical understanding. These early math concepts build a foundation for more complex mathematical processes in the future. Eight-year-olds often count up to 1,000 and have developed skip-counting skills (counting by 2s, 5s and 10s). Your child will study and apply math concepts every week at school, but there are plenty of opportunities to extend their understanding with simple math games at home.
Math Teaching Your Eight-Year-Old Numbers and Counting
Instill a love of numbers at an early age:
Learn Anywhere: Mental Math Games
Counting games are great in the car or on the subway since they don't require materials — just your brain. Because your child is learning to count to high numbers by now, you can practice skip counting. Start by trying to count by 10s to 100. Then try counting by fives or twos. The more you play, the faster your child will become at picking up the patterns. When that gets too easy, brainstorm different ways to get a specific number. What are three numbers you can add together to get to 12? What four numbers can you add together to get to 20? Strengthen their mental math by giving them progressively longer number sentences to solve. For example, slowly say: "What’s 1 + 2 + 5 + 1?"
FETCH! Lunch Rush
Ruff Ruffman is making a movie, and of course, he’s in over his head and needs help. In this Augmented Reality, multi-player game, your child will need to keep up with lunch orders from Ruff’s movie crew, including how many pieces of sushi everyone wants.Play This Game
Explore the Concept of Place Value
Help your child understand that three-digit numbers represent a certain amount of hundreds, tens and ones. Write a three-digit number on a piece of paper and use simple home-based materials to represent it. For example, paper plates could represent 100s, straws could represent 10s and toothpicks could represent 1s. So the number 385 = 3 paper plates + 8 straws + 5 toothpicks.
The Place Value House
Zeros are very important when it comes to place value. Your child can learn more about place value with this printable game that explores the power of zero.Do This Activity
Guessing Games: Practice "Greater Than" and "Less Than"
Choose a number between 1 and 100 and write it on a slip of paper, out of view of your child. Then have your child try to guess the number. For each guess, tell her whether it's greater than or less than her guess. Have her keep guessing until she gets it. Then switch roles and try to guess her number.
Freddy’s Carnival Countoff
In this fun carnival game, your child can practice counting, adding by 1s, 5s, and 10s, and estimating quantities while using comparative vocabulary such as 'fewest' and 'most.'Play This Game
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
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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.
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The Electric Company Party Game
HEY YOU GUYYYYYS! Marcus and Jessica are stuck on Prankster Planet and need your help to get back to Earth! Play this fast-paced board game filled with physical challenges, silly brainstorms, and math questions.
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Your child can create awesomely symmetrical artwork by using a paintbrush, stamps and stickers in this online game with Peg and Cat.