Count – How many are red? Give me five yellow beads
Compare – How are these candies alike? Which group has more?
Sort – Put all small, red paper clips on this side and the big, red paper clips on the other side
Classify – Which child (jar) is the smallest? And the largest?
Order – Can you arrange the girls (bottles) from smallest to largest?
Simple Arithmetic – How many girls are there? What if Madeline went to the bathroom, how many girls would be left? Oh! Two girls joined them, how many are they all now?
An idea for the busy, working mom
If you happen to be reading a book with your child that mentions a number, like Madeline, take off from there. Grab some cotton balls from the bathroom and have an instant learning moment with your child. By doing some of the activities above, your child can also play pretend, practice fine motor skills, explore textures, and generally just have some fun with you.