Math Activities

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Block Sorting!

Block Sorting!

Use Legos or building blocks to encourage your child’s sorting skills! Ask them to observe the color, shape, and size of each block and sort them into groups. How many green blocks are there? How many small blocks are there?

  • Estimated Time: 20 minutes
  • Materials: Legos or building blocks
  • Subject: Math
Cereal Necklaces

Cereal Necklaces

Create necklaces out of string and cereal (Cheerios or Froot Loops). Tie a knot at the end of a piece of string and encourage your child to start adding cereal pieces to their necklace. Practice counting skills with your child! How many pieces of cereal can you get on your necklace? Count to 10, 20, 30, and so on.

  • Estimated Time: 30 minutes
  • Materials: String, scissors, and cereal (Cheerios or Froot Loops)
  • Subject: Math
Connect the Dots

Connect the Dots

On a piece of paper, draw dots in a 5 x 5 square. Play connect the dots with your child by taking turns drawing lines from one dot to another. The person who draws the last line to make a box wins that box. Keep playing until all the boxes are taken. Whoever has the most boxes at the end wins!

  • Estimated Time: 20 minutes
  • Materials: Paper and markers
  • Subject: Math
Cup Tower

Cup Tower

Use 10–20 plastic cups and encourage your child to build a tower! How many different ways can your child stack the cups? Who can make the tallest cup tower?

  • Estimated Time: 20 minutes
  • Materials: 10-20 plastic cups
  • Subject: Math and Science
Match the Shape!

Match the Shape!

Cut out different shapes from construction paper. These could be a square, a rectangle, a star, an octagon, a triangle, a circle, or a trapezoid. Trace these shape cutouts onto another piece of paper. Have your child move the cutouts to match the shapes on paper!

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Pasta Shapes!

Break uncooked spaghetti noodles in half. Encourage your child to create as many shapes as they can by moving them around! They can create squares, rectangles, stars, and octagons!

  • Estimated Time: 20 minutes
  • Materials: Uncooked spaghetti noodles
  • Subject: Shapes
Potato Stamping

Potato Stamping

Create a soccer field by drawing liUse uncooked potatoes as stamps in your art projects! Carve potatoes into stamps that look like hearts, stars, circles, squares, and triangles. Let your child dip the stamp in paint and press it onto a piece of paper. Safely encourage your child to create new shapes by having them describe it to you as you carve it. This activity is perfect for identifying shapes while doing art projects.

Puzzle Challenge

Puzzle Challenge

Are your puzzles at home getting too easy for your child? Try taking pieces from multiple puzzles and placing them in a pile together. This will be an opportunity for your child to use problem-solving skills to figure out which pieces go to each puzzle!

  • Estimated time: 20 minutes
  • Materials: 2–3 easy puzzles
  • Subject: Problem-solving
Puzzles from Boxes

Puzzles From Boxes

  1. Cut up old cereal and food boxes to create puzzle pieces
  2. Using the image from the box, have your child put the pieces back together!
  • Estimated Time: 15–20 minutes
  • Materials: Scissors, old cereal and food boxes with the logo image still on them
  • Subject: Sensory
  • Source: Puzzles from Boxes
Roll the Dice!

Roll the Dice!

Practice counting with your child! Have them roll a pair of dice and add up the two numbers. Write down how much they add up to and continue to roll and add the numbers until you reach the numbers 20, 30, 50, and 100!

Shape Hunting!

Shape Hunting!

Make a list of shapes for your child. These could be squares, rectangles, circles, triangles, hearts, stars, and octagons. Have your child go on a scavenger hunt around your house to find these shapes. How many circles are in your house? How many squares?

Shapes in Nature

Shapes in Nature

Take a walk around your neighborhood and encourage your child to find shapes in the nature around them. What shapes are the leaves? What patterns do they have on them? What shapes are the bugs on the sidewalk? Bring a pencil and paper. Have your child draw the shapes that they see.

  • Estimated Time: 30 minutes
  • Materials: None
  • Subject: Science and math
Sidewalk Darts

Sidewalk Darts

Using chalk, draw circles on the sidewalk or driveway. Use small rocks, bean bags, or wet rags as darts and have your child toss them into the circles.

Assign each circle a point value and have your child add up the points each time they succeed in tossing an object into the chalk circle.

  • Estimated Time: 30 minutes
  • Materials: Chalk and rocks, bean bags, or wet rags
  • Subject: Math and exercise
Sort It Out!

Sort It Out!

  1. Find groups of miscellaneous objects around the house
    These objects could be silverware, cereal, M&Ms, jelly beans, tupperware, toys, blocks, leaves, sticks, straws, and magnets!
  2. Encourage your child to sort objects into groups by size, shape, color, texture, and taste!
  • Estimated Time: 15-20 minutes
  • Materials: Miscellaneous objects around the house
  • Subject: Sensory and Math
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Symmetrical Paintings!

Fold a piece of paper in half. Open it again and have your child paint on one half of the piece of paper using a little more paint than normal. Fold the paper in half again to transfer the paint from one side to another. This will create a symmetrical design. Have your child observe the shapes they painted and how they look in the mirror image!

  • Estimated Time: 30 minutes
  • Materials: Paint, construction paper and paintbrushes
  • Subject: Art and shapes

About this resource

Setting(s) for which the article is intended:
  • Home

Intended audience(s):
  • Parents / Family

Age Levels (the age of the children to whom the article applies):
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Reviewed: 2020