As far as kids go, if it isn’t cool math they’re learning, then the lesson is over even before it begins. Counting games for children–how important are they and are your little ones getting most out of their math games?
While it is fair to say that calculus and algebra are not something every person needs to function in life, there are certain basic mathematical concepts that everyone needs to be proficient in. And the sooner you introduce your children to these concepts, the better.
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Math games for kids 0-3 years of age
Counting games for 0-3 year olds will consist of the most basic elements of counting to five and 10. Children this age will memorise numbers before they understand the concept of numbers. In other words, 1-2-3 will be memorised before they fully understand how much 1, 2 or 3 is. The math games you can play include:
- Counting fingers and toes
- Counting games in the form of nursery rhymes
- Books that teach numbers and basic counting
- Naming and counting the people in your family
Math games for kids 4-7 years of age
Children this age will understand simple number values and the concepts of more/less and big/little amounts and numbers. Therefore, it is very important to keep math games as easy to learn as possible.
Kids in this age bracket will enjoy sorting and grouping, figuring out which group has more and having more than someone else. Counting games, math apps, and activities suitable for this age group include:
- Simple board games like Candy Land and Trouble
- Storybooks that focus on counting
- Sorting and counting shapes, blocks, coloured candies, socks–basically, anything ‘countable’
- Setting the table and counting out the number of plates, napkins and table service needed
- Age-appropriate worksheets including those that focus on addition and subtraction