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Make Math Fun with Math Games

Submitted by on February 24, 2014 – 1:50 pmNo Comment

Making Math Fun with Math Games

Giving your child math lessons on the run with fun math games

Guest post by Kids ‘R’ Kids

Children, oftentimes, are able to recognize and recite numbers but their comprehension of numbers is rather limited. More specifically, children under the age of seven can read numbers very early on without understanding what the numbers represent. At the beginning of a child’s development, sensory experience is most important; children respond well to what they can hear, touch, smell, and view. Yet, as children mature their ability to apprehend abstract thoughts—including numbers—will increase. So how can parents help increase their child’s abstract thinking? Introducing math games into real life activities is one way to help with your child’s brain development.

An effective way to reinforce math lessons is educating through everyday experiences. This kind of math practice shows your child the usefulness of learning. If you are creative with the games, then this will turn into a fun and exciting activity with your child. Ask your child simple questions—at the grocery store, bank, or post office—like “how many people are in the line?” or “how many windows does the bank have?” Educating “on the run” gives opportunities for concrete lessons by counting actual objects.

Another idea for a fun math game is to count objects around the house. This could include counting blocks, cars, dolls, or plants. This will make it enjoyable for your kids them as they are learning with toys or items they are familiar with.

As your child progresses, you may begin to ask questions that require analysis. For example, ask your child to count objects then evaluate the importance of the items. For example, while reading a book together, ask your child to count the items and then compare them: “why are six carrots important to the bunny and not the frog?” or “why are there more dogs than cats in the story? Or “how does the farmer protect his four animals?” As your child grows, the games can increase in complexity as well.

Start with simple math games and adapt them as you go to your child’s interest. This is important because developing their abstract thought is vital to their growth.

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