How To Develop Your Child's Mathematical Skills
29th Jun 2018

How To Develop Your Child's Mathematical Skills

You can count on Kidstuff to make maths fun with a range of educational toys and games that encourage numeracy skills.

Children begin to develop numeracy skills long before they start formal mathematics education at school. This number sense is a crucial foundation for future studies in primary school and beyond.

In early childhood basic skills in numeracy start with simple counting. There are many nursery rhymes that include counting. ‘One, Two, Three, Four, Five, once I caught a fish alive’, ‘One, Two buckle my shoe, Three, Four knock at the door.’ Other early numeracy development involves recognising smaller and larger, in front and behind, sharing quantities, sorting, pouring and measuring, and recognising shapes.

A fun way for parents to help their children continue to build their numeracy skills is using real world maths. There are every day opportunities to consolidate learning such as:

Shopping: Young children can count items, talk about more or less, bigger and smaller. Older children can start to work out simple budgeting and calculating change. Shopping also gives opportunities to practice fractions and percentages.

Cooking: While cooking children can work on counting, measuring, and fractions. Building and gardening projects: Involving older children in simple building and gardening projects can reinforce measurement, division, and multiplication.

Games: And of course, games and puzzles are a fun way to play with parents or friends and practice maths skills.

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FOR AGES 0 TO 2 YEARS

Vtech Lil Critters Shake & Roll Ball

It’s a circus of fun with the Lil Critters Roll & Discover Ball by VTech. Your little one can toss, shake and roll this bright ball to hear cheerful music and sounds while strengthening their motor skills. Playful animal characters and soft textures will capture your child’s attention and encourage exploration. Pressing the big star button introduces numbers and animals. This soft ball has loads of entertainment for your active baby, all rolled up into one toy.

Battery: 2 AAA Batteries Required.

Age recommendation 6 – 24 months.

First Play Match & Count Eggs

A dozen ways to learn and play! Join the pegs and holes or match the numbers for classic counting fun.

- Teaches number recognition and sequencing
- Vibrant and durable design
- Develops fine motor and problem solving skills 

For ages 18 months+

FOR AGES 3 TO 4 YEARS

Learning Resources Counting Dino Sorters

Make learning about numbers, counting, and quantities fun with this prehistoric play set! Open the eggs and discover the corresponding number and colour of little dino friends inside. Includes 10 two-piece dinosaur eggs and 55 dinosaur counters.

Age recommendation 3 years+

Learning Resources Mini Motor Math Activity

Primary learners will enjoy developing their numeracy skills with this race-themed counting game and, what's more, they won’t even realise they’re learning! 

Colour die develops colour recognition as players choose the correct colour car to move while two number dice are used to calculate the number of spaces a player moves. Two pieces of track are numbered 1-10 and 11-20 for two levels of play

Skills Developed: - Numbers 1 -20 - Number Recognition - Counting - Early Addition and Subtraction

Patterning Set includes: - 5 Soft Rubber Mini Motorcar Counters in 5 colours - 2 Pieces of Plastic Track (that can be joined together) - 1 Colour Die - 2 Numbered Dice - Finish Line - Multilingual Activity Guide

Ideal for 2 players to race one another

For ages 4+

FOR AGES 5 TO 7 YEARS

Learning Resources 10 On The Spot

This game promotes hands-on reinforcement of base-ten number concepts and early addition and subtraction. Great for helping young students relate to the number 10, building a strong foundation for mathematics.

To play, cover the numbered spots on the ladybug with the numbered pieces that together make ten! Cards feature ten-frames on one side for beginners, and numbers on the reverse for more advanced players.

Fill your card and win!

Recommended Age 5+ Years.

Quercetti Tubo Pitagorico

Tubò is a fun way to learn the Times Tables, which forms an important base for further maths learning. Just turn the two coloured knobs and results will appear in the window along the tube. 

Ages 5+

Jimmy Jack Placemats

Exclusively hand illustrated for Kidstuff by Australian artist, Brett Curzon, these kid’s placemats are made of eco-friendly PP and EVA foam, which just wipes clean. They are a great reference at homework time and a fun addition to the dinner table!

Measures 44cm by 29 cm.

  • • Kid Safe
  • • BPA free
  • • Phthalate free
  • • Non-Toxic

Recommended for ages 3 years +

1-JIMMY JACK PLACEMATS - NUMBERS 1 TO 10 View product >>

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