8 Practical Ways to Conquer Your Child’s Math Anxiety

Is math anxiety really a thing?

Math anxiety, that is feelings of stress, fear and apprehension when it comes to doing math, is certainly real. In fact scientists have developed different ways to measure mathematical related anxiety including the MARS (Mathematics Anxiety Rating Scale) and the Fennema-Sherman Mathematics Attitudes Scales (FSMAS).

A child suffering from math anxiety is not necessarily “bad at math”, but the stress they feel in math class and the avoidance tactics they use to minimize the amount of math they need to do, mean that they often don’t get the much needed practise that leads to math fluency.

A research based approach to math anxiety

Fortunately, research has found that, when it comes to math anxiety, parents can offer a great deal of help and support to their children. The infographic below  gives 8 science-backed, practical ways to help parents conquer their child’s math anxiety.

 

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8 Practical Ways to Conquer Your Child’s Math Anxiety

1. Be involved

Student success in school has been shown to increase if their parents are positively involved in their education.

2. Encourage a growth mindset

Studies have shown that effort trumps ability when it comes to learning math, so set high expectations when encouraging your child.

3. Be positive about math

A parent’s perception of mathematics influences not only their child’s perception, but also their achievement in mathematics.

4. Overcome gender stereotypes

Foster math confidence regardless of the gender of your child by highlighting achievements made by both male and female scientists.

5. Learn the basics  

Rote learning is essential to mathematics performance as a many higher level concepts build the memorization and repetition of the basic math facts.

6. Allow mistakes  

Focus on the concepts rather than the right answer since making (and correcting) mistakes is an essential part of math learning.

 

7. Take baby steps 

Support new topics by slowly building from the topics your child already understands. Use gradual, repeated success to build math confidence in your child.

8. Make math relevant to real life

Highlight ways in which you and your family use math in everyday life and discuss how good math skills will open the doors to a larger choice of career options.

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10 Fun Parent-Tested Math Board Games

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Who doesn’t love a good board game?  If you read my post Can Board Games Make Maths More Fun? A Review you’ll know that I’m a big fan of using board games to make math more fun.

One of the coolest things about my little ones’ school is that parents and kids can borrow math board games from the school library to take home or play there and then before school starts. I’ve seen 3 year olds learning the basics of fractions and 7 year olds building confidence in their arithmetic facts, all with great big smiles on their faces! Board games are a great way to make math practice painless. For those of you fellow board games fans, here are 10 recommended math board games, along with what parents have to say about them. Enjoy!

1. Mathopoly

This game board is a clever take on the classic board game Monopoly, but with math in every action.  Roll the dice and move to a square to answer or figure out one of the curriculum standards-based questions to “own” the property.

What parents say “Math may not be your children’s favorite subject, but it might be if they play Mathopoly”

– Kyla Duncan – Wheat City Journal

2. Sum Swamp

Add and subtract your way through the swamp.  Young children get to practise their essential arithmetic facts while having fun.  This game received an Oppenheim Best Toy Award.

What parents say “I bought this for my 4 year old son as he HATED math with worksheets and flashcards. He wanted to play this game 10 times a day. He LOVES it! Before we bought this game, he was SLOWLY and reluctantly finger-counting addition. He can now add and subtract 2 numbers (1-6) by memory.”—customer from Texas

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3. Equate

If your eight year old likes crosswords, this game will be a hit.  Making equations can be a challenge. Eight year olds can begin making equations  using addition and subtraction but older children can get more points using division or fraction tiles.

What parents say “It’s given my daughter great self-confidence in Math. Only complaint:The tiles are cardboard and thin. Easy to lose, but they come in a ziploc type bag.”—Elizabeth M.

4. Head Full of Numbers

Shake the “head” cup to roll the dice. Set the sand timer. Write as many equations from the numbers and symbols on the dice before sand runs out. Good for any number of players and level.  This is an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award Winner.

What parents say “My oldest plays the traditional way, in making math problems. My preschooler tries to find matching numbers and sequences, and my other preschooler tries to identify the numbers. It is such a simple game that you can make up your own way to use it and play it.”—J. Gardiner 

5. Sequence Numbers

The brightly colored cards have questions and the answers are printed on the game board.  Place a tile on the answer. With five in a row, you have a Sequence!  This bingo-like game is great for ages seven and older.

What parents say “Thus, whether you use the game cards or make up your own more challenging cards, this game will be fun as well as educational for your smart pre-schooler, your struggling grade-schooler, or even your genius middle- or high-schooler.” –Joan A. 

6. Money Bags: A Coin Value Game

This game makes making change so much fun!  Earn money while completing chores, like setting the table or for selling lemonade. The spinner makes exceptions such as, no nickels to make sure kids make use of the higher value coins. Monet bags is great for developing critical thinking and counting/coin sense.

What parents say “ It’s a game that is easy to learn and fun for the whole family! ”—a mom 

7. Pizza Fraction Fun Game

Better be hungry for pizza as you play seven games in one!  Identifying, adding and subtracting and matching equivalents help make making pizzas and working with fractions fun. The double sided spinners allow the difficulty level to be easily adjusted.

What parents say “I think this is an excellent game for teaching the different skills to do with learning fractions and can be easily improvised for each child’s learning/grade level. The games can be also be complemented with real pizza:)Recommended!”—J. Hayes

8. Dino Math Tracks Place Value Game

Dinosaurs rule with place value.  Roll the dice to make four digit numbers. Get your dinos to their base before other players do.  An Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award Winner.

What parents say “ Good concept and she is learning without even knowing she is doing math. ”—G.K.

9. Sumoku

Play five different versions, including a solo one, of this addition/multiplication game.  Set tiles up crossword style to add up to multiples of the number on a die.  Connect all the numbers for a complete Sumoku!

What parents say “I highly recommend Sumoku to anyone looking for a fun, challenging game.”—P. Yocem

 

10. Pay Day Board Game

Family finance is fun in Pay Day.  Get paid and decide how to spend your money. Whoever has the most money at the end of the game wins.  This classic game is for suitable for ages eight and up.

What parents say “This game is very fun. it can be as long or as short (time wise) as you want it. You learn about money and bills and such, but don’t really see it as a learning game because its fun….”—a kid’s review

Have you played any math board games recently? Which are your favorite ones?

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10 Conversation Starting Math and Education Infographics | Math Awareness Month

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April is Math Awareness Month, the goal of which is to increase public understanding of, and appreciation for mathematics. The theme for this year’s month of math awareness is Mathematics, Statistics and the Data Deluge.

According to Math Awareness Month:

“Massive amounts of data are collected every day, often from services we use regularly, but never think about. Scientific data comes in massive amounts from sensor networks, astronomical instruments, biometric devices, etc., and needs to be sorted out and understood. Personal data from our Google searches, our Facebook or Twitter activities, our credit card purchases, our travel habits, and so on, are being mined to provide information and insight. These data sets provide great opportunities, and pose dangers as well.”

As a fan of data and of infographics in particular, I’ve collected 10 conversation-starting infographics which offer interesting insights into math, education and math education. Which one will you talk about this week?

(If you’re reading this in your email inbox, you may need to enable images to see the cool charts below, or click http://www.mathsinsider.com/math-infographics to view the post in your browser.)

1. Emphasis on Math and Science by Immigrant Parents

 highest-paying science majors
Source:LiveScience

2. US vs Them: How the US stacks up against other countries in standardized tests

Student academic performance around the world
Courtesy of: Online Schools

3. When Am I Going to Use Math?

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4. A Teacher’s Worth Around the World

Teachers Worth Around the World | Infographic |
Via:Master-Degree-Online.com

5. American STEM

Brought to you by Teach.com | Become a Teacher and MAT@USC | Master’s of Arts in Teaching

Teach.com STEM Infographic

 

 

6. Blended Learning – A disruptive innovation

Blended Learning

 

Created by Knewton and Column Five Media

7. STEM education: Does America Have the Right Stuff

STEM Education

Created by Knewton and Column Five Media

8. Girls are Smarter Than Boys

Girls in STEM
Created by: Engineering Degree

9. The Math-Science Shortage

STEM Shortage
Created by: EngineeringDegree.net

10. Education’s Effect on Income

Education’s Effect on Income [Infographic]
Via: DegreeSearch.org

 

 

The Maths Insider Ultimate Maths Gifts Guide

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Whether you’re searching for a unique gift for the holiday season, or just looking for a quirky present to give to the maths fan in your life, check out this essential list of cool maths related gifts. (The links in this guide take you to Amazon.com. If you do purchase from them, I get a very small commission which helps me continue to offer to you all the free content at Maths Insider!)

Secrets of Mental Math:The Mathemagician’s Guide to Lightning Calculation and Amazing Math Tricks

Arthur Benjamin, is a mathemagician who has entertained audiences around the world both live and through his entertaining mathemagic performance at TED. He’s teamed up with Michael Shermer to reveal in this easy to read book, some of the secrets behind his lightening fast maths tricks! Buy Secrets of Mental Math for $10.

Math Doesn’t Suck: How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind or Breaking a Nail

Danica McKellar’s “Math Doesn’t Suck Book” is a hip guide to maths for preteen and teen girls. Written in a fun and engaging style, it’ll make a great gift even for girls who have maths at the bottom of their list of favourite subjects!  Math Doesn’t Suck is on sale for around $8 (a great 63% discount!)

Mummy Math: An Adventure in Geometry

Great for fun for kids aged 7+, the Mummy Math book takes kids on a maths adventure, where they use their geometry skills to solve clues leading to the secret burial chamber; “Matt, Bibi, and their dog Riley crawled through the tiny opening first. FWUMP! A secret door suddenly closed behind them . . .” Mummy Math is great value at just $7.

LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet

The hottest educational toy of this holiday season, this cool kids tablet has been dubbed “an iPad for kids.” Apps can be downloaded from the Leapfrog App Center, including maths games which adapt to your child’s ability.  Parents can also track their child’s progress using the online parent’s dashboard. For more details and features, read this full LeapPad Explorer review. You can pick up the LeapPad Explorer Tablet for $99.

Brain Quest for the Nintendo DS: Grades 5 & 6

If the child in your life already has or is about to be given a Nintendo DS, grab this Brain Quest game, which covers English, geography, (US) history, science and of course maths! Your child will love the brain-twisting Hot Swap Multiplayer quiz games featuring both versus and cooperative games. The Brain Quest game costs around $37

Brilliant Minds Montessori Math Kit

This beautifully crafted Montessori maths kit contains instructions and worksheets on CD as well as these classic Montessori materials. Great for hands on maths learning! Get inspired by checking out the photos on Amazon of kids actually using the equipment. This luxury Montessori Math Kit is $150.

Equate: The Equation Thinking Game

An algebraic version of Scrabble. A nice way to introduce older children to the concept of equations and algebra. “Learn simple stuff (like what division is) and more sophisticated ideas (like the order of precedence among arithmetic operations).” We’ve got this in our house, and I can testify that this is much more fun than a workbook full of questions! You can share Equate for $20.

Painless Addition Placemat

Another pick directly from the Maths Insider toy cupboard. I had to grab these double sided addition placemats when I saw them at the toy store on a recent trip! Let your kids absorb their maths facts as they play or eat on the mat, or grab a dry wipe to do some drills on the reverse. Math fun on a budget for only  $4.50

Cutie Pi Baby Bodysuit

Oh my! This is too cute! I’ve seen some clever mathsy body suits with lots of equations on them, but this simple statement trumps them all! Brainwash the babies in your network into some early maths loving! Available for $16.50.

Bamboo Pocket Snaps Cloth Diaper/ Nappy – OS – MATH Prints

These math diapers are another cute math gift for the youngest members of your network. The waterproof diapers come with snap front poppers which make the waist adjustable, so one size fits all. Another great value maths gift at $12.

Pi By Numbers – Women’s T-shirt

This pi women’s cut T-shirt would make a cool gift for a maths teacher, and it’s made of pre shrunk cotton too! The  pi symbol is made up of the actual digits of pi (no- not all of them!). This math cool T-shirt is $20.

Math Equations Silk Tie

This 100% silk tie has advanced math equations  and terminology printed horizontally down the length of the tie. Another cool maths garment and potential teacher gift. This math tie is priced at $40

Whimsical Watches Unisex G0640007 Math Teacher Red Leather Watch

 

If you look closely, you’ll see that under the casing, this unisex watch actually contains a hand crafted miniature calculator, protractor, pair of compasses, notebook, eraser and star. It also comes as a men’s or ladies version. A fab time-telling gift for fab maths teachers, this watch is retailing at $45

Fibonacci Fractal Chaos Math Pewter Pendant Necklace

My fantastic departmental head at the first school I taught at, had the most amazing collection of quirky earrings! I’m not sure if there’s an earring version of this pewter Fibonacci Pendant Necklace but this still makes a nice gift for us lady mathematicians. This Hypo-allergenic Fibonacci pendant is on sale for around $13.

Funny Math Car Sticker

If you’re looking for a gift for someone who’s a fan of witty car stickers, then this die-cut car sticker would make a cool low price gift retailing at just $5.

MATH pop QUIZ Clock NOVELTY 

With an 11.5″ diameter, this medium sized math clock contains enough high school math to get keep all but the most math phobic happy. The answers to the sums determine the hour.  Made from lightweight black matte metal, this Math Clock is a great buy at $23.

Gourmet Chocolate Pi Math Symbol

You can’t go far wrong by combining math and chocolate in my eyes! Enclosed in the super shiny wrapper, you get ¼ pound of smooth gourmet milk chocolate in the shape of the cool mathematical symbol, pi. This yummy bar of Gourmet Math Chocolate is now half price at $9.99.

Kikkerland Chocolate Bar Calculator

So it’s not actually chocolate. In fact this rugged solar panel imitation chocolate calculator is made of flexible silicon. Presented in a gold seal wrapper, this chocolate calculator retails for a very reasonable $6.49

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6 Super Resources for Your Bored Maths Genius

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Your child finds maths easy and comes top in all their maths tests at school, great news!

Well not always.

Children who are gifted at maths can suffer from:

  • boredom (the work is too easy)
  • low expectations (if their talent isn’t spotted)
  • frustration (if they come across difficult work – after all they’re supposed to be good at maths!)

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So what can I do if you think your child is gifted at maths?

  • Generally, as a parent, make sure that you chat to your child’s teacher as soon as you think they may be finding their school maths too easy. Not all schools have a gifted program, but your child’s teacher may be willing to give your child different (not more) work within the class.
  • Also be aware that although your child may shine at mental maths or algebra, they may have weaknesses in their problem solving skills, or with maths that requires spatial skills such as geometry. With any work you do at home with your child, try to give plenty of opportunity for your child to explore such problem areas.
  • It’s also important to encourage your child to experience the non academic side of maths. Explore how maths links to other subjects such as art, science, history and engineering design.

What resources can I use to support my gifted child?

With recreational maths in mind, here are 5 great resources to help you support your maths mad child:

1) NRich

NRICH is a joint project between the Faculties of Mathematics and Education at The University of Cambridge (where I did my teacher training!). It provides interactive maths challenges, weekly maths puzzles, maths games and a forum, all focused on offering “enrichment” activities to students.

2) Art of Problem Solving

The Art of Problem Solving website also has a forum where students, parents and teachers can share ideas about maths competitions and curriculla. They also have online classes for students aged  11-18 which “bring together top students to work with outstanding teachers”

3) Project Euler

Project Euler is a series of challenging mathematical/computer programming problems that  require more than just mathematical insights to solve and are aimed at among others “students for whom the basic curriculum is not feeding their hunger to learn, “. James Somers has an great article on how it helped him finally learn computer programming.

4) Khan Academy

There’s been a big debate amongst maths teachers and educators as to the merits of Salman Khan’s vast quantity of  free online “chalk and talk” maths videos, but many parents have successfully used this controversial resource to support their children’s maths learning, whether their child was gifted or not.  My feeling is that anything that encourages students to strengthen their maths skills independently from school, can’t be all bad.

5) Maths-Whizz and 6) Ten Marks

Both Maths-Whizz and Ten Marks offer online ability tracked maths programs. After initial testing your child is given work that suits their ability rather than their age and focuses on their weaknesses. Click here to see my video review of Maths-Whizz. Both programs offer free trials.

If you’re worried that your child may be too good at maths, make sure to communicate with your child’s teacher, focus on working on any problem areas and encourage recreational maths.

Have you tried any of the resources? What did you think of them? What other resources does your maths mad child like?

31 Days to Faster Times Tables

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You told me it’s important for children to memorize the times tables

Last week I revealed the results of the Maths Insider Times Tables survey, which showed that nearly all those surveyed felt that memorizing the times tables was an important skill as shown by these comments from the survey:

“need to rote memorize initially and then lots of practice worksheets – no easy way out there…”

“It is really important. If they crack these early it will give them confidence with division and enable them to see patterns in larger numbers.”

The results weren’t a surprise  since I’ve spoken many concerned parents over the years as a maths teacher, a Kumon instructor and now as a maths blogger. Many of you have children who have passed the milestone of learning their times tables, but there are others of you who are worried that the whole memorization process is taking too long, is time consuming and is stressful.

Do you want your child to achieve faster, more confident times tables?

After listening to concerned parents and seeing what was already available on the market, I’ve developed a product that will help you guide your child to faster, more confident times tables in just 31 days.

31 Days to Faster Times Tables

Who needs to buy this?

The 31 Days to Faster Times Tables program is a mixture of worksheets, audio and practical activities, so if your child needs to spend time designing their online avatar before they’ll even consider doing any maths, then this product may not be for you.

However,  if :

  • your child has 10-15 mins each day to spare
  • you want to be involved in their times tables learning
  • you want a flexible program where your child isn’t tied to one learning style

then click here to find out more about the 31 Days to Faster Times Tables program

I’ve even included a crazy 60 day money back guarantee, so as my 11 year old would say, go and check it out already!

 

About Kumon – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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Do you know which post has had the most traffic on Maths Insider? There’s a big clue in the Wordle word cloud above!

It’s my post, “8 Things to Hate About Kumon – A Review”

Of course, if you’ve read my About page, you’ll know that I used to be a Kumon instructor. I ran a Kumon tutorial centre in the UK for 3 years.

But some Maths Insider readers have asked me,

“What is Kumon?”

You see, not everyone has heard of Kumon, even though, according to their official website, they have had 16 million students in 46 countries around the world.

So let me tell you about Kumon – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

Kumon is an educational franchise, originally founded by Toru Kumon in 1956

The Good

Like McDonalds, the franchising effect means that there are thousands of Kumon centres around the world, from Germany to South Africa and from The Phillipines to the US, all helping children with maths.

The Bad

Each instructor, although trained by Kumon will bring their own personality to the program, some are rigid and some are flexible. The majority have never been teachers.

The Ugly

Like McDonalds, profit is the big motive. Kumon is worth over $650 million, made from charging $100 a month, taking 40% from franchisees, and employing young and poorly paid support staff.

Kumon students typically visit the study centre once or twice a week and are given homework to do for the other 6 days

The Good

At the study centre your child gets support from the Kumon staff and sees other children, all studying towards a common goal.

The Bad

As a parent, you have to take your child to the centre, or arrange for the work to be sent to you each week.

The Ugly

You the parent have to “police” your child’s Kumon homework 5 or 6 days a week, and field the complaints of, “It’s BORING!”

Kumon is an “individualised” learning program – students only move up to the next level when they have mastered the work. Mastery is defined as speed and accuracy

The Good

Each student works through the program at just the right pace for themselves, and children will develop motor and concentration skills as they repeat the worksheets.

The Bad

The repetition and the speed criteria in particular can be tough for children to meet.

The Ugly

Students can literally  get stuck at certain difficult stages in the Kumon program for weeks due to the strict enforcement of target times.

Click here to grab your FREE 13 page sampler of The Ultimate Kumon Review

All Kumon students start with easy work relative to their ability

The Good

Student’s will find the work easy and will initially enjoy doing the worksheets.

The Bad

The easy Kumon work eventually becomes not so easy, and then really rather difficult.

The Ugly

Doing 10 pages of questions like these, quickly and accurately is extremely difficult. Even Kumon themselves call this the Level D mountain.

Kumon Level D Worksheets

The Kumon program encourages independent learning

The Good

The Kumon worksheets explain and guide students whenever a new topic is introduced, therefore they can work independently.

The Bad

Students can’t always figure out the work themselves, especially at the higher levels. At larger centres, it can be impossible for instructors and assistants to have the time to explain the work.

The Ugly

There are tales on message boards of students being driven to tears because instructors refused to explain work to them.

Want to know more about Kumon?

The Good

The  Kumon US or Kumon UK websites.

The Bad (actually more funny than bad!)

A mother enrolls herself  onto the Kumon program for 5 months, “I’m a Math Moron” – Slate Magazine

The Ugly

Donald Sauter, a former Kumon instructor spills all!  His Kumon contract was not renewed after he radically tried to change the system, he tells the whole epic story on his website.

Are you a parent trying to make the decision about whether Kumon is right for your family? Check out Maths Insider’s Ultimate Kumon Review

Share your good, bad and ugly Kumon experiences in the comments below!

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More on Kumon:

8 Things to Hate About Kumon – A Review

Is Tabtor a Real Alternative to Kumon?

8 Things to Love About Tabtor Math

24 Short and Sweet Preschool Maths Activities.

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Do you ever have the problem of, having found great maths activities for your little one, not being able to remember any of them when that magic moment happens,when they are happy, calm and ready for an activity?

I was inspired by this great calendar of maths activities from Anne’s Teaching Two blog, to create a list of short and sweet preschool maths activities. Put them in a calendar like Anne has or just print off the list and put on your fridge!

24 Preschool Maths Activities

1. Muffin tin mathsNurture Store has a tasty maths activity, counting out chocolate chips into a muffin tin labelled with numbers.

2. I-spy Shapes – Play this traditional game but look for”…something shaped like a ….circle”

3. Shoe cupboard tidying – Tidying and sorting shoes is the perfect maths activity for a clutter free entrance hall.

4. Table laying – Arranging cutlery on the table is another useful maths activity for developing sorting skills

5.Watch a Sesame Street counting video online – The Sesame Street website has lots of short maths videos, many including my favourite, The Count!

6. Sandwich Making – When making a sandwich for your preschooler, ask them to help you cut it into halves or quarters (or even eighths!)

7. Bring me 5 – Choose a number, such as 5, then ask your little one to bring you 5 cars, 5 books, 5 blocks or 5 of anything they can easily carry!

8. Time announcing – Start by announcing the time when you see it’s at the hour, “It’s 3 o’clock!”

9. Hopscotch – Even preschoolers will enjoy helping to draw a hopscotch grid and then hop from number to number, forwards then backwards.

10. Number Hunting – Draw a number 4 on a piece of A4 paper, then hide the number behind a cushion (but not completely hidden). Help your toddler hunt for Number 4.

11. Play a colours and shapes online game Oscar’s Trash Collection – This time use the Sesame Street website to play online maths games.

12. Draw around bowls – Grab a blank piece of paper and help your little one draw around upturned bowls to create a circle picture.

13. Play dough numbers – Roll out play dough snakes with your toddler, then form into numbers.

 

14. Number chart counting – Put up a number chart and let your child be a preschool maths teacher.

15. Which is heavier –  take 2 objects, hand them to your toddler and ask, “Which is heavier!”

16. Play a matching game online animal parade – Each of my 3 older children have sat at the computer and played this cute animal matching game from the BBC Website.

17. I spy colours – Play this traditional game but look for”…something …..blue!”

18. Odd one out – Lay out 3 objects, 2 similar and 1 different and ask “Which is the odd one out!”

19. M&M patterns – Another tasty maths activity, again from Teaching Two. Create a pattern sequence using M&M’s, then colour in each part to match the pattern.

20. Sing  a maths song  – Ten in a bed is my favourite but here’s a great list of numberful rhymes

21. Sock matching – Another tidying and sorting activity.

22. Cutlery drawer  sorting – Yet another sorting activity, this will keep the cutlery drawer nicely organised.

23. Swing counting – Count aloud as you swing your preschooler at the park. When it’s time to get off the swing count down from 10 to 1.

24. Sticker Sorting – Shannon at  Tot school shows how stickers can be used for a lovely maths activity. Take a sheet of stickers, a blank sheet of paper and sort into groups.

Share your short, sweet preschool maths activities in the comments below!

This post also features in Works for me Wednesdays.

For more great preschool math resources check out the following posts:

The 16 Best iPhone and iPad Math Apps for Preschoolers

11 Best Math Learning Toys For Preschoolers

Who else wants their child to be lightening fast at mental maths? – Introduction

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We all want our kids to be happy, confident, well rounded individuals who excel at every subject at school and who will contribute fully to society, but all those dreams fall apart after asking them,

” Sara, what’s 15 + 17?”

As patient and loving parents we can deal with the long pause, but, if after that the answer is still wrong, then we wonder what have they been learning at school for the past 2, 5, or even 10 years! Have they never studied mental maths?

All is not lost

In this series I will show you what you (yes you, not the tutor, not their teacher, not the local Kumon centre) can do to rescue the situation.

If you can set aside 2 minutes a day for at least 4 months, your child’s mental maths problems will slowly but surely melt away.

Before we get started, make sure you’ve read my post about the importance of daily practice.

Confused?

Don’t worry, I’ll be there to hold your hand (and I’m hoping others will share their mental maths strategies as well).

Want to know what’s coming up in the rest of the series?

Part 1- Where do I start?

I’ll show you how the starting point is crucial to improving your child’s mental maths confidence (but you don’t necessarily need to start the very beginning)

Part 2- Where can I get questions from and how do I use them?

Here you’ll find some links for mental maths resources and I’ll show you how best to use them.

So stop by soon (or even better subscribe to the email feed to get new posts direct to your inbox or to the rss feed to see them in your rss reader.)

I’m looking forward to you using the comments box below to share which mental maths strategies have worked well with your child?