If there’s one thing that never changes, it’s the challenges and triumphs of teaching your toddler how to count, add, and recognize patterns. It’s a such a refreshing joy to watch them learn the things that will be with them all their lives, and math definitely falls into that category. That doesn’t mean that it’s always easy, though.
Preschool play should be as fun and as educational as possible, and apps, toys and devices can help make your job as first teacher much easier (and even a little more fun).
With the Count TV app, kids are led by the master counter himself, Count von Count, through number activities using a remote-control style number pad. Different combinations of numbers will unlock interactive retro Sesame Street clips for kids to watch as a reward.
One! That’s one great counting app for kids! Ah ah ah!
Sesame Street kids can also check out the Grover’s Number Special app which also uses real Sesame Street clips to teach kids about math.
Learning Resources Let’s Tackle Math Patterning and Sequencing Set
This set gets kids thinking in patterns with the cool bonus of using bug and worms figures straight from the tackle box. Kids practice setting up the patterns from the book using the toys, and then predict what comes next. The toys make this a fun way to begin developing math sequencing.
With Educational Insight’s Number Balance scale, kids have to balance two numbers on one side with the number those add up to on the other. This fun math toy simultaneously teaches early math, pre-algebra (balancing equations) and weight concepts in a simple and colorful way.
Leapfrog Learn and Groove Counting Maracas
With music, colors or counting modes, these maracas light up and make sounds as kids rock out and learn. Kids will learn colors, vocab and counting in both English and Spanish without even knowing it’s educational.
A kids’ tablet is just like yours, only the apps and games are tailored to their age group, and the device is durable and sized just right for little hands. Your kids can learn and practice math on their tablet along with skills from all other core subjects and beyond. A tablet can be a great investment, since you can change the device’s installed apps as your toddler grows, even well into elementary.
Which tablet you choose is up to your own personal preference. Peruse the downloadables and see which collection best suits your child’s needs, or compare hardware pros and cons to determine which will be the best fit. To start off, take a look at the LeapFrog LeapPad 2 Explorer.
Another range of options are the VTech Mobigo or InnoTab devices. With the Mobigo, for example, kids can interact with the device by motion, touchscreen, microphone or slide-out QWERTY keyboard. The system comes with three free downloads to get you started, and there are hundreds more to add down the road.