Math Ideas for Kindergarten

jiwasaki Mon, 01/17/2011 - 10:19am

Math Activities for Kindergarten:

Use beads, colored 0 shaped cereal, or other such objects to have your child create patterns. Have your child thread the objects on a string (to make a necklace or bracelet) or lay out on the table.

Talk about the pattern they have created. If they have red, yellow, blue, red, yellow, blue, etc. they have created an A, B, C, A, B, C pattern. If they have red, red, yellow, yellow, blue, blue, red, red, yellow, yellow, blue, blue they have made an AA, BB, CC, AA, BB, CC pattern. Make a pattern, such as A, B, C, A, B, and ask them to complete the pattern. Use the items they have created the pattern with and have them count those items.

Get an index card or sheet of paper about that size and either use colored dots (need to be the same color) or make "dots" the size of the stick-on type to create cards which will help your child instantly recognize amounts. Place one dot on one card, two dots on the next card in a random placement, three dots on another card, and four on another card or sheet in random arrangements.

You can also create some in "special" arrangements such as seen on dice. Show them the card very quickly then turn the card over. Ask them how many dots they saw. This will help them to recognize a collection at a glance and it supports counting.