# Math Teaching Your Eight-Year-Old Numbers and Counting

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.

## 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.

### 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.

#### Explore the Power of Zero at the Place Value House

Zeros are very important when it comes to place value. Your child can learn more about place value with this activity that explores the power of zero.

### 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.'