Math Workshop


Pattern Blocks

What you need: 

Muffin tins, small plastic cups, legos, toy cars, pom poms, jelly beans, balls, beads, buttons, rocks, mixed up puzzle pieces, broken crayons or coins.

What to do:

First, talk about ways that you can sort things such as color, shape, size, use, texture. Get sorting! Try one way then take them out of your tin or container and start over again.

What you need: 

Pattern blocks or you can download the pattern block activity cards from confessions of a homeschooler.

What to do: 

Help your mini-mathematician by teaching them shape names. Then see what fun designs and shapes you can create. You can find shape templates here:

Measuring and Charting

What you need:

Measuring tape, ruler, stuffed animals, shoes, boxes, your family , piece of paper, crayons, markers, pencil.

What to do:

Measure each object or person. Chart their heights on your piece of paper. You can talk about which is tallest, shortest, same. This activity can help build vocabulary and understanding of models and measurements.

See it in Action

Raising Children with a Growth Mindset

 A growth mindset is the belief that intelligence is something that you can develop and grow and not something that is fixed. So often we hear, or say ourselves, “I’m not good at math.” This may feel true, but in reality it is a self fulfilling prophecy. Research has shown that especially for young children nothing is fixed and children who believe that intelligence or skill in a particular subject are fixed will take fewer risks and put in less effort. Children who are taught that they can learn and improve on any skill through practice and effort are ultimately more successful. The chart below demonstrates the impact of teaching children that their brains can grow and improve in math (or any subject) had on children’s math grades. 

Math Games

Math books to "read"

Board games can be a great way to practice counting without even noticing that learning is happening. Here are some that my preschoolers have enjoyed that include math concepts:

Shoot and Ladders (counting)

Monopoly Junior (counting, money)

Count your Chickens (counting)

Sneaky Squirrel (sets)

Set Junio (set)

Jumping the Lily Pads (number line)