I know, I know… You really don’t think much about math when it comes to your baby. I mean, it’s hard enough just keeping your eyes open enough to get a diaper changed let alone teach the little one math! But you’d be surprised at how many early math concepts baby can actually learn. And you might even be surprised at how easy it is to foster that learning in your baby. Here’s how…
Simple Ways to Foster Early Math Learning in Baby
Sing Songs & Nursery Rhymes – The rhythm of music and rhyming of nursery rhymes help baby to explore sound and timing that is an important concept in early math skills. Even better: pick songs that incorporate counting or clap to the beat.
Nest Objects – Give baby a nesting toy or just a bunch of measuring cups or plastic containers that she can nest inside one another. Exploring different sized objects in this way will help her learn the early math concept of size and dimension.
Use Math “Language” in Everyday Life – It’s not as complicated as it sounds. Use words like “up” and “down,” “one more” and “all gone,” “big” and “little” to help your child build their own math understanding and language skills.
Explore Shapes – Point out and name shapes around you and your little one. Make sure baby has a shape sorter or different shaped blocks for free play.
Try Sorting – Have your little one help sort toys by size or shape. Or maybe start her out young with sorting laundry! (Hey, a mom can dream, right?!)
Count Often! – Count with your baby often. Throw counting into everyday activities and make it fun with a learning toy.
Early Math Counting with Bright Starts Count n’ Roll Buggie
Our favorite counting toy at the moment is our new Count n’ Roll Buggie. It’s so cool because it counts as J.C. puts the three balls in the top. When all three are in it starts spinning around and opens its wings to drop out the balls. J.C.’s favorite toy has always been a ball, so this is right up his alley. He will put the balls in, hearing the cheerful “1, 2, 3” over and over and over. Here he is intently playing…
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