One of my goals in educating my children is to help them have a better relationship with math than I had when I was in school. While I did fine in my math classes, I always found the subject to be a bit dry. I also had a difficult time understanding how some of my high school and college math classes were applicable in the real world.
I contrast to my own math education, I hope to inspire my children’s love of numbers and math from an early age. I want them to see math as useful, relevant, and engaging. I want them to think of themselves as “math people.” And I want them to see the beauty in math (something that I admittedly am having to educate myself about as my own education did not inspire me to think that way about math).
In order to achieve these goals, I have made an effort to engage my kids in some fun and creative math activities. On this page I’m sharing lots of fun math activities for kids. These activities include pre-math skills like sorting. (Shape recognition is also a basic math skill, but I have a separate page for all of my activities dedicated to teaching shapes to kids.) I have also included activities on number recognition, patterning, and graphing.
Take some time to look at some of the ideas below and you are bound to find a few math activities that your kids would enjoy!
Below are links to the math activities for kids and math printables for kids that have been featured at Gift of Curiosity. Click an image to be taken directly to the post related to each activity.
Counting and number learning activities
Below are printables that are exclusively focused on math skills. However, many of my thematic printables include theme-based math activities as well. You can find a complete list of printables available on my educational printables page.