Boost Your Child's Mathematical Brain Power!
 
Thinking mathematically involves a variety of strategies. Good math students are careful thinkers who: look for patterns, problem solve, guess and check, generate answers or ideas, remember details, follow steps, determine order, adjust their thinking and keep trying! It's easy and fun to build and boost your math brain power. It takes practice! So, gather some items from around the house, and keep them in handy place. Put them to use often to practice math and boost your child's mathematical brain power! Remember, many board games and card games also provide practice with math skills!




Build a math tools kit; gather these items and keep them in a container:
-deck of playing cards
-coins, p-n-d-q
-dice
-ruler
-flashcards
-dominoes
-paper plate (for clocks and fractions)
-countable objects
-a notebook

Concepts to practice:
-skip counting by 2s, 5s, & 10s
-counting coins and making change
-subtraction and addition facts
-measuring objects in inches and centimeters
-doubling and halving numbers
-patterns, simple and complex
-telling time
-draw and label fractions on a paper plate
-place value: 1s, 10s, 100s and 1,000s
-make equal groups of items and find the total
-divide a number of items into equal groups
-explore 3D shapes like cylinders, spheres, and rectangular prisms
-write and solve number stories
-use a scale to learn about weights of things
-draw lines, shapes or other designs using a ruler
 

More Fun Math Activity Ideas

*use raw spaghetti pasta and mini marshmallows to build a 3D structure,


*set up a store with toys or kitchen items, label prices, use a calculator and coins to play store; practice counting money as the customer and making change as the clerk,


*pay Life or Monopoly board games, count your money, get your change,


*use a map to plan a trip, plan the route, add up the mileage, decide on times for leaving and arriving, use the car odometer to track miles,


*play chess or checkers, these are great thinking strategy games,


*connect drinking straws with paperclips or by pinching ends to build 3D shapes,


*practice fractions by making and following a recipe