- Use math words such as many, few, more, less, big, small to describe everyday items. This will help children see that math concepts are all around their daily lives.
- Teach your toddler to count objects to 10. Try counting real objects such as stairs, windows, cars, trucks, or shoes. This teaches one to one correspondence which will eventually lead to assigning a number to quantities.
- Talk to your child about quantities and comparison. “I have 5 strawberries and you have 3, who has more strawberries?”
- Teach your toddler to explore and navigate their space by learning positional words (to learn the concepts of above, below, right and left, under and over). These positional words are a difficult concept but an important one. Using a well-loved object like a stuffed animal is most fun. Put the animal under the couch, next to the couch, on top of the couch. All great ways to introduce high level mathematical thinking.