Kids begin learning math in the womb. Seriously. They identify tones and patterns early in life. I am not one to push a child (there is a range of development for everything with kids) to learn math in the academic sense but there are easy and non-invasive ways to introduce children to math concepts without pressuring them.

## Logical Quantification

### Early Math Games with One Child

**#1 – Unit Block to Card Match Game** is an easy way to introduce young kids to math. There is a lot of opportunity for variation. So make it find! Use your child’s hook and make him love math!

**Materials & Approach:**

- A basket of unit blocks (15)
- A set of cards with squares that match the corresponding base of the unit block.
- The cards are marked with 1,2,3,4, and 5 blocks.
- Have the child match the blocks to the card.

**#2 – The Sharing Game** introduces slightly more complex math thinking.

**Materials & Approach:**

- Box divided into four compartments or four baskets/containers
- 4 cards each with a picture of a child
- A basket with 12 blocks or matching objects
- Explain to the child that these children are playing together and that in order to be fair they need to divide the blocks up evenly amongst the children.
- Leave the children to divide the objects
- Then explain that one child has to go home & take away one picture
- Ask the child to divide the blocks to the remaining children
- Continue by removing another card and asking the child to divide by two

### Early Math Game for Two Children

**#3 – A Card Game**

- You need a set of cards with pictures of sets of objects up to five and a basket of counters.
- Place the cards face down between the children
- Ask the child to draw a card and then take the same amount of objects (on the card) from the basket. At the end, ask the children to determine who has the most objects.

**#4 – Cover the Grid Game**

- Each child has a grid with 12 to 15 squares
- There is a basket with just as many counters
- A die marked with a set of 1, 2, or 3 dots
- The child rolls the die and then subsequently covers that amount of squares with counters
- The winner covers the board
- You can add a more advanced die as the children master the game

**Related:** Ideas for Early Math Estimation Activities

**#5 – Give & Take Game**

- A set of cards marked with a set of squares
- A set of cards marked with a set of circles
- A basket of counters
- Place the basket between two children
- Place cards face down between them
- Children take turns drawing a card
- If that child draws a circle card, the child places that quantity into the basket
- If the child draws a square card, the child takes that quantity from the basket
- The game ends when there are no more objects left in the basket

Hope you enjoyed these ideas! You should also check out this Super Cool Math & Art Pi Day Activities for Kids of All Ages! You will love it!

For more math games check out this awesome list of 11 Cool Math Games

Marnie