Math & Sciences
A simple way to teach basic math skills. Block counting is a great way to make learning how to count more engaging and fun and will prepare your child for more complex math problem solving in the coming years.
- Building blocks
- Plain paper or construction paper
- Coloured pens, pencils, or crayons
Make your number cards large and colourful so that your child can easily identify the numbers.
- Hand write or print from the computer the numbers 1 to 10.
- Cut out each number separately to make your number cards.
Time to count
Find a quiet place to work and lay out all of your building blocks. The goal is to build a tower of blocks which match the corresponding number card.
- Begin by choosing simple numbers and formations, e.g. 2, 3, 4, etc.
- Place the number cards in a row and ask your child to match the written quantity with their blocks.
- Progress to more challenging formations, e.g. 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, etc. Be creative and experiment with your number formations.
- Introduce colour patterns to make the activity more challenging. For example, build a tower of 10 blocks using only red and orange blocks.
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