Things to Do While You’re Waiting: Math Is Everywhere

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Things to Do While You’re Waiting: Math Is Everywhere

Keep children engaged when you have to wait

  • Note sequences and patterns
    Order is important in math. Notice sequences with your child: “Looks like we’re the second in line!” Find simple patterns together, such as the colors of floor tiles or how far apart light fixtures are placed.
  • Spot spatial relations
    This has to do with shapes and locations of objects. You can “hunt” for shapes together: squares, triangles, rectangles, and circles. Use words like on, under, and inside to describe where you see the shapes. Drawing shapes in the air can also be fun.
  • Estimate and predict
    Children often like to make educated guesses. “Which is higher, a stack of five dimes or five pennies?” Make a guess first, and then check to see how close your guess came.
  • Measure and estimate time
    Your child may like timing games: “How many times can you count to 10 before we are first in line?” “How long can you stand on one leg?”