Before your child can add and subtract, they need to count. Start at a young age and teach your child about numbers with fun, interesting counting games.
Make learning fun for your little ones with these counting games.
Making pairs in the kitchen
When your child is first learning how to count, the concept can be difficult to understand without some visual reference beyond their fingers. Head to the kitchen and ask him/her to give you two apples, three crackers and so on. This is a fun game for very young kids to begin learning about the concept of numbers.
At NickJr.com, you can find many fun number games associated with your Nickleodeon characters. One of our favorites is Crocodile Lake. In this game, kids help Dora and Boots cross Crocodile Lake by finding and clicking on five turtles. Encourage your child to count out loud as he finds and clicks on each turtle.
Teach your child to count by incorporating simple games into their everyday activities. For example, when you are driving, ask your child to count all the red cars they see on the road. This easy counting game will help them with their numbers, as well as their colors. When you are at home, you can ask them to count everything from socks to blocks.
Counting with Elmo
PrimaryGames.com is another website that offers fun, educational games for kids. Fishy Count is a 10 question game where children count the fish shown on the screen and then click the shell with the correct number. Have your child count aloud before selecting their answer.
Addition at home
Before your child heads off to school, teach them the basics of addition and subtraction at home. Hand them three balls and announce, “You have three balls.” Then give them one more, noting that they now have four. Continue giving them more balls (or other toys) up to 10. Then take one ball away and ask, “Now how many do you have?” and so on.