Fun Math Activities for Kindergarten Kids
Is it hard to believe that your child has grown up and is now going to attend his first school? Doing mathematics is just one of the lessons your child has to learn in kindergarten school. Fun activities will play a large part in your kid’s success and enjoyment with Mathematics lessons such as counting, simple addition and subtraction, sorting and grouping of objects and telling time.
Kids have different ways of coping and learning. There are children who are visual learners and who easily learn and understand if you use the things that they see around them. Kids who are very active are physical learners and they easily learn through physical activities while there are kids who are auditory learners who understand and learn by just listening to children’s songs and rhymes.
Want your child to love and be comfortable with numbers? Show him that Math is fun and that is just a part of everyday life. Whatever is your child’s learning style there are lots of fun math activities you can do to prepare your child for his first day in school.
The Visual Learner
One of the easiest to create fun math activities for is the visual learner child. You only need to go on a counting binge by having him count everything like the number of people in line at the cashier, the number of steps going to the second floor of your house or the number of tiles of the supermarket floor. You can also have your child look for numbers around while walking around the neighborhood, on passing cars, on street signs or at the supermarket by identifying the lane numbers. You can get him the age old connect-the-dots books which even you and me have also mastered. You can also list down grandma or grandpa’s number and have him dial the numbers himself. For sure these fun activities will help your child develop not only his number recognition skills but also his number sequencing skills and reading numbers.
The Physical Learner
The physical learner might be very tiring to handle but you only have to think of indigenous ways to keep him focused. At home, you can make him do a lot of fun Math Activities like having him help sort the laundry by type: shirts, shorts, towels, socks, etc. and let him count how many of each type. You can also have him match the socks in your drawer so that he will be able to match it not only by size and color but also by pair and let him count the number of pairs per color. Shapes are also an important part of Mathematics, specifically Geometry, so it will also be a big help if as early as kindergarten your child will be able to identify basic shapes through other objects, like identifying squares from tissue boxes, triangles from bottles and lampshades, oblongs from eggs, circles from compact discs and other kinds of shapes. Activity is the most important aspect of a physical learner so you can have him work on sorting your silverware and grouping them into sets of forks, knives, spoons and teaspoons. Have him count how many are in each group then let him create patterns like pairing spoons and forks or laying out a whole set in a pattern of spoon, fork, knife, teaspoon. This activity will not only teach your child the concept of sets or groups but also provide him with problem solving skills. Just be sure to be on hand to guide your child especially with handling knives.
The Auditory Learner
The auditory learner is more on listening to songs and rhymes. Songs like ‘Ten Little Indians’ which most of us have learned during our kindergarten years and which taught us how to count from one to ten and back, ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas’ or ‘This Old Man’ or rhymes like ‘The Three Little Monkeys’ and ‘One, Two, Buckle My Shoe’ and the story of the ‘Three Little Pigs’ which teaches the concepts of basic addition and subtraction. You can choose the songs or rhymes you would let your child listen to because these will surely be played over and over again. You can also teach your child the concept of weight and measurements by letting him/her help in baking cookies or muffins. Read out loud the measurements he/she should prepare for each ingredient. Your child will surely have a fun time helping in the measuring and weighing of the ingredients, counting the number of cookies or muffins produced as well as eating them too!
Kindergarten kids, unlike preschoolers or toddlers, are more aware of their environment and are more quizzical of the things around them. They could chase a butterfly and associate it with a flower or begin counting the ants as they crawl along towards an anthill. Although they can learn on their own it is still important that you as a parent must be on hand to answer his questions or to guide him through every skill he would like to achieve.