Children begin to develop numeracy skills from a very early age. You can introduce maths skills and ideas into everyday activities with your child to help build early numeracy.About numeracy and maths skillsNumeracy is the ability to apply maths concepts in all areas of life.Numeracy skills involve understanding numbers, counting, solving number problems, measuring, sorting, noticing patterns, adding and subtracting numbers and so on.We all need numeracy and maths skills to do everyday things like:
Your child’s everyday experiences are full of learning opportunities that lay the foundations for numeracy. How your child starts learning numeracyChildren start learning numeracy skills from the time they’re born. This learning happens through everyday play and activities – for example, when you encourage your child to:
As your child gets older, he learns more numeracy and maths skills, including size and measurement – for example, when he starts to:
And when you talk with your child about maths concepts in your everyday activities, it helps her understand how and why maths is useful. For example, this happens when you point out:
Babies: tips for building numeracy skillsYour baby loves hearing your voice and enjoys stories and songs with repetition, rhyme and numbers. Some things you might already be doing, or could start doing, with your baby to build numeracy skills include:
You can also talk about:
It’s best if you can make these everyday numeracy activities and experiences playful and relaxed so that they’re fun for your child. Toddlers: tips for building numeracy skillsPlaying with your toddler helps your child develop communication, imagination and other skills that prepare him for learning maths. Here are some ideas to help you and your child enjoy play together – and learn early maths skills along the way!Ideas for talking
Ideas for everyday activities
Ideas for play
Ideas for books and reading Here are some books that feature numbers and counting:
Children learn best when they’re interested in something. If your child is doing something he’s particularly interested in – whether it involves dinosaurs, dolls, cars, building, insects or whatever – you can use and explore maths concepts with him while he plays.
Video: Math In Daily Activities Introduce the world of numbers to your little one through day-to-day activities! Here, we share how simple activities can help your little one make sense of everyday situations and develop numeracy at the same time.
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