On Monday, I mentioned that we had been using the book Math Play! by Diane McGowan and Mark Schrooten lately to work on our numbers and have fun at the same time. I wanted to tell you a little more about it, because it truly is a great resource for toddlers and preschoolers. The book is designed for ages 2 to 6, making it perfect for my 4- and 2-year old. The activities are fun, easy to set up and require little if any special supplies. We've had the book for a couple of weeks now and have already done 8 activities with plans to do more.
One game we had a lot of fun with was Tower Counter. The supply list: blocks. Yep, that's it. Easy-peasy. I started by asking her to build towers with a certain amount of blocks. She's build it. Then I'd either ask her to add a certain amount or take away a certain amount. After she did that, she recounted the blocks in her tower. It was a great introduction to addition and subtraction for the preschool age. Lizzie had a blast and kept wanting to play well beyond the point where I thought she'd want to stop. What was AJ doing this whole time? She was building with us, just not using the math concepts. She was in the build and knock down mode.
If you're looking for a great way to introduce or reinforce some math concept, take a peek at Math Play! It's a great resource.