Our free worksheets cover essential early math concepts in a fun and highly engaging way for young learners. There are three sets of worksheets available, covering topics such as addition, number sequence, patterns, time, length, mass, subtraction, word problems, 2D and 3D shapes, data and more.
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Mathseeds is the fun online mathematics program for children aged 3-6. Your child will work through a sequence of highly engaging online math games and activities designed to build essential early numeracy and problem solving skills.
Mathematics can either be fun or daunting for young children. But by encouraging your child to build important early numeracy skills in a relaxed, interesting and interactive way, you are giving them the best possible chance at succeeding in, and learning to love, mathematics!
1. Play dough shapes. Ask your child to look at different 2D and 3D shapes and form them using play dough. You can also use shape cutters to help guide them. This activity gives your child a hands-on opportunity to learn, observe and manipulate different shapes.
2. Count and sort a basket of toys. Sorting and classifying objects help children understand the nature of mathematics. Gather a basket or box of toys and sit down with your child to count them. Sort them based on size, colour or theme. This is also a great way to encourage them to put away their toys!
3. Experiment with volumes during bath time. Collect differently sized jars, cups and containers and use them during bath time to teach your child about ‘full’ and ‘empty’ and compare capacities. Talk about what’s happening as you play. For example, “My cup is full, no more water can fit in my cup”, or “Let’s pour water from my small cup to your big cup and see if it becomes full”.
4. Counting in the kitchen. Cooking together is a great way to learn about fractions and measurements in the kitchen. Show your child different measuring tools and talk about the concept of fractions, such as explaining how two ½ cups make one whole cup.
5. Don’t drop the ball. Take your mathematics lesson outside by counting the number of times you and your child can throw a ball to each other without dropping it. You can also ask another child to keep a tally.
6. Mathematics in nature. Taking a walk gives your child many opportunities to build early numeracy skills. Compare the sizes of different rocks, assess how many birds you spot, note similarities and differences between different leaves, and carry a notebook to put the things you see into categories.
7. Dry macaroni patterns. Patterns help children learn sequencing and to make predictions, which leads to stronger numeracy skills. Have fun with patterns by letting your child arrange dry macaroni into different patterns or designs. You can also use beads or different types of cereal.
8. Building block towers. Building and identifying sequences help your child develop a sense of order, logic, and reason. Building block towers is a fun way to introduce your child to sequencing, by following a step-by-step method with a final goal in mind.
9. Number safari. In the car, have your child look for numbers in street and shop signs, and on licence plates. See if they can find all numbers up to ten and encourage them to call out the numbers as they find them.
Mathseeds is the fun online mathematics program for ages 3-6. Children work through a sequence of highly engaging interactive lessons designed to build essential early numeracy and problem solving skills.
Patterns are all around us. Children have a natural tendency to find patterns; research shows that if you give a child a box full of cups, they will most likely stack them into a pyramid.
Patterns help children learn sequencing and to make predictions, which leads to stronger mathematical skills. Times tables, addition and skip counting all require an understanding in patterning. Parents can play a big role in helping their child discover and understand patterns, and often the best way to do it is through play.
1. Stack, sort and count blocks
If your child is in preschool, you can help them sort items before learning to recognise patterns. You can use different coloured blocks and have them stack, sort and count them. By doing this simple and fun activity, your child will begin to notice things repeat in a certain order by size, shape or colour.
2. Match socks by size and colour
While folding the laundry, ask your child to help by matching socks by their size and colour, and then putting them into pairs. This introduces them to sorting and classifying based on pattern recognition. You can also use mittens and earrings. Count out loud by two’s with them so they become familiar with the concept of skip counting.
3. Sort kitchen items by category
Unpack your pots, frying pans, kitchen tongs and utensils and have your child help you sort them by category. You can guide them to sort the items by colour, shape, texture or size. Ask your child to name the groups of each category, like ‘containers’, ‘heavy objects’ or simply ‘black objects’. Sorting and classifying activities like this one encourage children to think analytically.
4. Beads on a string
Bean-making is a fun way to keep children occupied for hours, and is a great way to teach them simple sequencing and pattern creation. Whether you use paper beads or pasta beads, make sure there are at least two different shapes, sizes or colours. Label each type of bead with a letter (e.g. ‘A’ for purple beads and ‘B’ for pink beads) and ask your child to create a pattern on a string based on sequences you say aloud, for example, ‘A-B-A-B’.
5. ‘I spy’ patterns in nature
There are so many patterns to observe in nature, from the colour of leaves to the notes of a songbird. Play a guessing game ‘I spy a pattern’ to encourage your child to observe and create patterns. You can start off with something simple like, ‘I spy with my eye a pattern with stripes’. Your child can then take guesses by looking around while you give them more clues until they guess correctly.
Mathseeds is the fun online maths program for ages 3-6. Children work through a sequence of highly engaging interactive lessons designed to build essential early maths and problem solving skills.
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