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Sums, maths, numbers - what ever you choose to call it, we cannot deny that learning the basics about numbers and adding up is one of the most important things your child will learn. Numbers are everywhere and play a great part in our lives. Even if you consider yourself to be no mathematical genius, there is still loads that can be done to put our children on the right path when it comes to numbers. Apart form actively helping them understand their numbers, it is great for their self esteem if a parent or carer shows an active interest and shows a positive attitude towards numbers.
Here are some tips to get involved with numbers from an early age.
- Count steps when you climb stairs. Practicing over and over is the way to reinforce numbers and counting.
- Play games with your child: throw dice and count the dots, play snakes and ladders, dominoes and other number related games.
- For older children look at money and the numbers on the coins and notes.
- Look at door numbers when you go for a walk. Predict what number the next house will be.
- Do some physical games that involve scoring or counting. How many balls can be thrown in the bucket? How many goals did you score?
- Make sure there are some number toys in the toy box: rulers, clock, counters and coins, tape measure, pack of cards.
- Keep an eye out for various patterns as you go out and about. Copy any designs you see or spot shapes in the design (floor tiles for example).
- Look at clocks and calendars together. Talk about time and days.
- Do simple arithmetic. Add up grapes at tea or sandwiches on a picnic.
- Do cooking. Make some simple recipes and weigh out the ingredients together.