Counting and recognition of numbers are basic Mathematics skills. As such, children should be encouraged to participate in various types of counting activities in order to pick up these skills successfully.
Here are just some of the many activities you can try at home! Example: Tossing a die and getting your child to count the number of circles that appear at the top of the die.
Another simple idea to introduce rational counting and number recognition is through the use of a picture book. Count the number of pictures seen in the book. To make it more fun, add an action to the activity, for example: If your child counts 3 bears, encourage him to clap his hands at the same time, clapping 3 times while counting aloud. Repeat the process for other numbers and participate in your child’s learning by clapping along with your child.
Next up, recognising shapes! Children usually have an innate understanding of basic shapes and once introduced, they are able to recognise them easily.
To introduce shapes in a different yet fun and engaging way, try using a ‘Mystery Bag’! Put some basic shapes inside the bag eg:circles, rectangles, squares and triangles. The child simply needs to reach into the bag and through the feeling of touch, pick out one shape at a time to identify and name it. You can even teach your child to match same shapes and sort sizes!
So you see, with these simple and easy to prepare enjoyable activities, learning Mathematics can be engrossing, delightful and can help your child learn numbers and shapes as easy as 1,2,3!