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 two-year-old feel confident and excited about math, including reading counting books together or spotting numbers at the grocery store.
Math Teaching Your Two-Year-Old Numbers and Counting
Instill a love of numbers at an early age:
Play "How Many?"
When you and your child are in a group of people — in the car, at the park or around the dinner table — stop and ask, "I wonder how many people are here?" Help count each person, one at a time.
In this printable activity, your child can practice counting as she learns about different types of tools and how they are used.Do This Activity
Count as You Step
Is your little one slow at climbing stairs? Motivate him with some number counting! Count each step as you mount it and see how high you can get. Your child will be scrambling up to higher numbers (and steps) in no time!
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.Play This Game
Sing a Counting Song
Just as the alphabet song helps kids memorize their letters, number songs can help them memorize numbers in order. Songs like "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe" teach counting up, and songs such as “Five Little Monkeys” can introduce counting down. You can even make up your own! And you can practice singing numbers 1 to 10 anywhere — in the car, at the park or before bedtime.
Your child can practice adding and subtracting one frog at a time from the lily pond Garden while Curious George commands the chorus of singing frogs.Play This Game
Help Your Child Learn to Love Math with Curious George
Curious George is a little monkey who wants to explore and discover new things. Like George, children are always learning! And his interactions with patterns, measurements, and shapes can help your child begin to see math in the world around them.Find Activities
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Bottle Cap Hockey
Children can play bottle cap hockey to learn about forces and motion, while predicting which bottle cap will win the game! With this activity, your child will learn to predict, test, and reflect on properties of objects that influence motion.
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Play and Learn Science
In this app, your child can play fun math and science games that explore shadows, weather, and motion.
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Ruff Cut: Helga's Game
Cousin Helga is knitting her Fall fashion line. Your child can use a pan balance scale to find the heaviest or lightest sheep in the herd to produce the exact amount of wool she needs for each piece of clothing.