It’s amazing how many times a day we all do math, but may not even realize it. Instead of just solving problems out of a book, get your kids in on the action.
After all, math is fun, especially when kids don’t even realize how much they’re learning. Help them learn more and get more excited about math
by incorporating into their daily lives and activities.
1. Take Them Shopping
Shopping trips are ideal for a variety of educational opportunities. You get to teach your kids a wide variety of lessons and they stay happy and engaged. It’s a win-win. Just a few things to help them with math include:
- Calculating deals on different products
- Calculating the costs after coupons
- Counting items
- Identifying the shapes of products
- Matching items to recipes
Of course, math isn’t the only subject
kids can have fun with during shopping trips.
2. Get Cooking
It’s a good idea to get kids to help you in the kitchen since they’re more likely to try new things
if they help prepare them. However, recipes are full of fun math lessons. Let your kids help measure ingredients, count supplies and even half or double recipes depending on servings.
3. Play Board Games
Your kids love playing board games
, but probably don’t realize they’re full of math. From counting moves to dealing out cards, math’s everywhere in games. Encourage them to play more and even go a few rounds with them.
4. Play Car Games
Short and long car trips are great educational opportunities. Play games where each person has to count cars of different colors or spot signs of different shapes. They can also help calculate how many more miles are left and what type of gas mileage you’re getting.
5. Calculating Tips
If you’re going out to eat, let your child help calculate the tip. They can even help add up the total before it comes. It might sound simple, but kids love helping out and it teaches them the basics of tipping at a young age.
6. Telling Time
You might not think of your clock as a way to teach math, but think of how many times your child asks how much longer it is until dinner, bedtime and playtime. You’ll be able to teach them to count minutes and hours while reducing how often you get asked the same questions.
Start having more fun with math
and incorporate learning opportunities throughout the day for your kids.