Our homes are full of math. Use these everyday life skills that teach math to make a math-rich environment for your children without an expensive or complicated curriculum.
Everyday life activities that teach math skills
When it comes to teaching math at home we don’t always need to turn to an expensive curriculum or online lessons. There’s so much math happening in your home every day.
Math skills such as measuring, telling the time, budgeting, and sequencing plans are vital for a successful life and are all things parents can pass on to their children just by including kids in our everyday chores and responsibilities.
If you’re homeschooling or want to enrich your child’s school learning with practical math skills that are important in the real world, try some of these activities.
For very young children being able to discriminate patterns and pairs is an important mathematical building block, and guess what’s great for building these skills: laundry!
Set your child in front of the laundry basket and have them match pairs of socks.
They can also sort clothing into piles for each person in the house and carry them to the correct rooms.
And match up two clothes pegs for each item of clothing to hang things on the line.
Counting can happen when you’re getting cups out to make a drink, laying knives and forks out as you set the table, and making sure everyone gets a cookie. This simple daily repetition is wonderful at building these first math skills for young children.
Where you have slightly larger quantities – perhaps counting banana slices, potatoes or even pieces of pasta – you can introduce skip counting in twos, threes or fives. This is the start of learning your times tables.
Learning about time and sequencing
We’re using time every day as we go about our life. It’s easy to pass these math lessons on to our children if we include them in what we’re doing and point out to them how we’re using time.
Plan your day together and pass on the concepts of order, sequencing, and sections of time. Which activity will you do first? How long will it take? Have you got enough time to do two things before lunch? What time do you need to get dinner started? Use my clock printable to track your day.
You might also like to write a daily journal to track your weeks and write down a simple sequence of what you do each day.
Making a weekly menu plan together can incorporate days of the week, time, counting, measuring, sequencing, and budgeting
All these conversations and activities give your children mathematical vocabulary and a practical understanding of this area of math.
Track the weather
Check the weather report each day to learn about temperature and wind speed. Use my printable weather spinner.
Learn location skills by working out where north, south, east, and west is in relation to your house and seeing where the wind is blowing from.
Learning about measurement
Involve your children in cooking and baking and they will be learning about measurements of weight and volume as they pick up the useful life skill of preparing their own food.
You can use scales, cups, spoons of different sizes and measuring jugs.
You can also cover measurement when you garden and make crafts together.
Use exercise for math skills
If you’re doing daily exercise, time it. Count how many stretches or repetitions you do. Skip count star jumps. Use these fun ideas based around the number 100 to time and count all the things you can do in 100 seconds.
More math lessons you can do at home
For more ideas of fun, creative math activities for your children, take a look at these homeschool math ideas.