Where do we begin when teaching numbers to kids? We’re glad you asked.
Being a parent means also being your child’s first and arguably most important teacher. When it comes to the skill of counting, it’s parent’s initiative which form the literal building blocks of 1, 2, 3’s.
There are a few learning basics you can count on (pun intended) to ensure your child is getting the full picture of numbers.
Cubic Frog® top 4 teaching numbers to kids tips:
1. Every day, every way
Count everything, and we mean everything, out loud. How many spoonfuls of food are you feeding your little one? How many doors have you passed on your walk home? The act of repetition is a key ingredient in solidifying those neurological pathways that connect an object with a number. Diversifying what you’re counting helps keep kids interested and involved when teaching numbers to kids.
Create different collections of objects for your children to count. A bucket of sea-shells, a treasure chest of coins, socks in the dresser (or, for that matter, floor) to be counted and placed back in their home. Having a collection of items that are finite, constant, and can be recounted in the same way each time is an important step in repetition.
3. Symbols and Senses
As we get better at counting we must associate the said number with the written symbol. Every person has a different way of taking in information best, so engage every one of your child’s senses for the greatest success. Try baking cookies and counting the ingredients, form the cookie dough into the shapes of numbers, count the cookies as you are eating them. Fill a small box with salt and let your child trace numbers into the salt for a sensory, skill building activity. Use fun, colorful apps that stimulate sight, sound, and touch when teaching numbers to kids.
4. Tangible and Intangible
It’s important for a child to understand you don’t need to see or touch something in order for it to be counted. Encourage non tangible thinking by asking questions that force your child to count inwardly. How many grandparents do they have? How many times have they thought about ice cream today? When they give the answer ask them to show you on their fingers or draw the number out in order to connect the thought to it’s matching number.
Cubic Frog® recently released it’s own series of colorful, fun math mobile games, for preschoolers and toddlers, Preschool EduMath1 and Preschool EduMath2 for teaching numbers to kids of all learning types. You can try them here!