Everyday Math: Real-Life Math-Readiness Activities for Your Preschooler Using Laundry! by Teacher Karen
Parents, work on those math skills during the summer. Here’s a week’s worth of math-themed activities to develop important math concepts – with laundry serving as the theme!
- Monday: Use shorts and pants for AB patterning! Create the pattern, say it aloud and ask your kiddo, "What comes next?" (Shorts, pants, shorts, pants, etc.)
- Tuesday: Folding can be never ending when you have children, but it’s also a great way to work on counting and 1-to-1 correspondence. Scatter socks onto the floor and count. Let children search out pairs. Once the socks are sorted, fold them up into pairs and count out the paired socks.
- Wednesday: Give children hands-on experience with symbolic representation letting them match a washcloth to bath towel.
- Thursday: Empty the clothes hamper. Show kids the laundry basket which equals one load of laundry. Let them estimate how many loads of laundry there are.
- Friday: Go old school! Hang clothes out to dry, giving your kid the chance to measure how long it takes to dry.
- Saturday: Laundry basketball! Fold up socks and throw them into the laundry basket for fun, and to help develop spatial awareness.
- Sunday: To develop their problem-solving skills, offer a laundry basket to use as they wish in completing the chore of putting away folded laundry.
How do you work on math skills with your kids?