Math and Your Toddler
- Take a bucket of balls or other like objects of varying sizes. Have your child line the balls up across the floor. Next, ask your child to order the balls by size. Use words such as “small, smaller, smallest” or “big, bigger, biggest.” Take this opportunity to compare two items: “This ball is bigger than that one.” Or for more than two items: “This is a small ball. This ball is smaller than that ball. This is the smallest ball.”
- Go on a size walk. Look for small and big objects and compare similar items: “That is a tall tree! Can you find a taller tree?”
- Draw a line down the center of several sheets of paper. Label each side of the papers with opposite words such as big and small, or tall and short. Cut out two each of opposite shapes or objects (cars, animals, and so on) to fit each category. Have the child place the cutouts on the appropriate papers. You can also have the child glue the object to the appropriate paper and appropriate side.
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