### Activities

There's nothing like a math problem – or worse, a fraction – to get even the bravest parent's heart pumping. Maybe you feel comfortable helping your child with addition and subtraction, maybe you don't. But here's the secret: you are good at math and you practice it dozens of times a day, even if you don't realize it. Going to the store, cooking, driving and even filling the bathtub all involve math skills.

There's no one more qualified than you to help your child learn the skills he or she needs to be successful in math and beyond. With the help of these simple at-home activities, you can make math fun (really) in every day life. By the time fractions come around, you'll know you're already a pro.

• ### Cat in the Hat: A House Just Right for Me!

#### Skills:

• Measurement,
• Spatial Sense

Practice measurement skills by building a house for a favorite toy or character like the Cat in the Hat.

• ### Cat in the Hat: Follow the Pasta Path

#### Skills:

• Spatial Sense

Build a path out of pasta to help the Cat in the Hat get back together with his friends.

• ### Cat in the Hat: Go on a Length Hunt

#### Skills:

• Measurement

Grab a piece of string and go on a measuring expedition around the house.

• ### Cat in the Hat: How Many Ways Old Are You?

#### Skills:

• Counting,
• Numbers

Explore the many ways you can represent and count numbers.

• ### Cat in the Hat: Hunting for Treasure Up, Down, All Around

#### Skills:

• Spatial Sense

Create a series of position clues to lead your child to a hidden “treasure.”

• ### Cat in the Hat: Shape Hunt Adventure

#### Skills:

• Shapes

Find shapes around your house or neighborhood.

• ### Cat in the Hat: Thinga-ma-jigger Hide-and-Seek

#### Skills:

• Spatial Sense

• ### Counting Around the House

#### Skills:

• Counting

The purpose of this activity is to help your child explore numbers and counting, an important step toward learning how to add and subtract.

• ### Curious George: Hands Down!

#### Skills:

• Counting

Count with George using your hands!

• ### Curious George: How Many Colors?

#### Skills:

• Counting

Count different colored objects!

• ### Cyberchase: 3-D Botopolis House

#### Skills:

• Shapes

Transform a 2-D shape into a 3-D building with some strategic folding and gluing.

• ### Cyberchase: Coin Toss

#### Skills:

• Counting,
• Money

Practice counting by ones, fives, and tens as you launch coins with a spoon.

#### Skills:

• Numbers

Crack the two-number code to open Hacker’s padlock.

• ### Dinosaur Train: Balancing Act

#### Skills:

• Measurement

Turn your child into a human “balance scale” to compare the weights of different objects.

• ### Dinosaur Train: Bridge Builder

#### Skills:

• Counting,
• Measurement

Sheets of paper become pieces of wood as your child constructs a bridge for a hungry dino friend.

• ### Dinosaur Train: Dino-mite Patterns

#### Skills:

• Letters,
• Patterns

Make patterns with letters!

• ### Dinosaur Train: Shape Scavenger Hunt

#### Skills:

• Shapes,
• Spatial Sense

Hunt for hidden shapes and learn what makes each shape unique.

• ### Dinosaur Train: Thirsty Dinosaurs!

#### Skills:

• Measurement

Explore the concept of capacity as you help thirsty dinosaurs of all sizes get the water they need.

• ### Family Feet

#### Skills:

• Data Analysis,
• Measurement

Help your child compare different items and put them in order, estimate (guess) their sizes, and then measure to find out.

• ### FETCH!: Birthday Calculator Math

#### Skills:

• Numbers

Use a calculator to solve a repeat addition problem and then solve the same problem with multiplication.

• ### FETCH!: Keeping Track of My Day

#### Skills:

• Measurement

Creating a daily schedule helps kids organize events in a sequence and associate events with a time of day.

• ### Fill It Up!

#### Skills:

• Measurement,
• Spatial Sense

• ### Fizzy's Lunch Lab 2012: Lost in Greasy World!

#### Skills:

• Spatial Sense

Use spatial skills to put together a map that has been broken up into pieces.

• ### Fizzy's Lunch Lab 2012: Measuring with Mixie-Bot

#### Skills:

• Measurement

Measure with a favorite character to understand the value of standardized units of measure, such as inches and feet.

• Counting,
• Money

• ### Fizzy's Lunch Lab 2013: Fresh Pick Challenge: Pantry Search

#### Skills:

• Spatial Sense

Put your child in charge of building a pantry that Corporal Cup would be proud of.

• ### Fizzy’s Lunch Lab 2013: Fresh Pick Challenge: Logical Lunch

#### Skills:

• Deductive Reasoning,
• Sorting and Classifying

Use deductive reasoning skills to help Henry and Avril pack a perfect picnic lunch.

• ### Home Collections

#### Skills:

• Patterns,
• Shapes

Collect small items from around the house and sort them in different ways.

• ### Martha Speaks: Mixed-Up Headlines

#### Skills:

• Vocabulary,
• Writing

Explore a newspaper, and then give its headlines a creative makeover.

• ### Martha Speaks: Sharing Family Stories

#### Skills:

• Storytelling

Open up your family history book by connecting your child to a family story.

• ### Martha Speaks: Silly Sentences

#### Skills:

• Vocabulary,
• Writing

Build vocabulary and writing skills by collecting “word bones” from a newspaper.

• ### Martha Speaks: Silly Story Builder

#### Skills:

• Storytelling

Create silly stories by drawing story parts out of a bag.

• ### Number Cards

#### Skills:

• Numbers

Create a set of number cards from a cereal box with numerals and corresponding dots for a variety of games like "Count and Seek," "Count and Move," and "Which is More?"

• ### Odd Squad: Color By Number Crest

#### Skills:

• Numbers

Match the colors to the numbers and create your very own Odd Squad crest.

• ### Odd Squad: Find the Blob!

#### Skills:

• Fair Sharing,
• Fractions,
• Measurement

Put your child’s sleuthing skills to the test. Make a gooey blob at home, then divide it up and send her on a blob hunt!

• ### Odd Squad: Find the Jackalopes

#### Skills:

• Counting,
• Spatial Sense

Ms. O has a large collection of jackalopes in her office, but they’ve decided to run off and hide. Can you help her find them all?

• Numbers

• Numbers

#### Skills:

• Shapes,
• Spatial Sense

The Mathroom is one of the most important rooms at Odd Squad headquarters. Now, with a little cutting and folding, you can make your own.

• ### Odd Squad: Ms. O Paper Doll

#### Skills:

• Storytelling

Ms. O is seen in many outfits on Odd Squad. Now you can dress her up in some of her favorites with your very own Ms. O paper doll.

• ### Odd Squad: The Place Value House

#### Skills:

• Numbers,
• Place Value

Use this odd house to explore the power of zero! Each of its four doors has a value, and the more zeros a door has the higher its value!

• ### Odd Squad: Which Agent Are You?

#### Skills:

• Deductive Reasoning

Are you more like Agent Olive or Agent Otto? Or maybe you’re like Ms. O. Take the Odd Squad Quiz and find out!

• ### Peg + Cat Flipbooks

#### Skills:

• Counting

You can make Peg and Cat dance using just the pictures in these little books. Just print out the pictures, put them in the right order, and flip through them really fast to make the action happen!

• ### Peg + Cat: Make Your Own Twig

#### Skills:

• Shapes

Isn’t it cool when Peg uses her twig to write out solutions to problems? Now your child can make his or her very own writing twig!

• ### Peg + Cat: Measuring with Cat

#### Skills:

• Measurement

How many Cats tall are you? Find out with this Cat measuring tool. Then go on a Cat measuring hunt around your house or at school.

• ### Peg + Cat: Morning Badges

#### Skills:

• Counting,
• Sorting and Classifying

Reward your child for good behavior in the morning with these cute badges featuring Peg and her favorite sidekick, Cat.

• ### Peg + Cat: Peg and Cat’s Incredibly Popular Honey Cake

#### Skills:

• Measurement,
• Patterns

There are lots of ways you can enjoy Peg + Cat’s “Super-Popular” Honey Cake! It’s delicious to eat and fun to decorate with fruity patterns.

• ### Peg + Cat: Peg Cake

#### Skills:

• Counting,
• Measurement

Get directions for a cake that looks just like Peg. Make it for a Peg + Cat birthday party or just for a fun, yummy, activity to do with your child!

• ### Peg + Cat: Peg's Puppet Pals

#### Skills:

• Shapes

Get patterns for making stick puppets of Peg and Cat’s friends, Big Mouth, Pig, Ramone, and Chicken. Then put on a Peg + Cat puppet show!

• ### Peg + Cat: PERFECT 10! Card Game

#### Skills:

• Counting

By playing this card game, your child will practice addition skills and discover many ways to make 10!

• ### Peg + Cat: Potty Badges

#### Skills:

• Counting,
• Sorting and Classifying

Learning to use the potty gets a little easier when you break it down into 6 steps and reward your child with these cool badges from Peg + Cat.

• ### Peg + Cat: Puppet Theater

#### Skills:

• Storytelling

Make your own Peg + Cat puppet theater and then put on a puppet show with Peg, Cat, and all their friends from the show!

• ### Peg + Cat: Stick Puppets

#### Skills:

• Shapes

These stick puppets, built from ovals, circles, semi-circles, rectangles, triangles, and trapezoids, help children identify basic shapes.

• ### Peg + Cat: The Pirates’ “Great Banana” Fruit Salad

#### Skills:

• Counting,
• Measurement,
• Patterns

This activity – and delicious recipe – helps children practice counting, dividing and sharing.

• ### Peg+Cat: Doodle-it-yourself Flipbook

#### Skills:

• Counting,
• Spatial Sense

You can make up your own illustrated story for a flipbook, just like Cat did. Draw a picture on each page, print out the pages, put them in the right order, and then flip through them really fast.

• ### Play Dough Shapes

#### Skills:

• Measurement,
• Shapes

• ### Sid the Science Kid: Let's Measure!

#### Skills:

• Measurement

Experiment with different sizes of non-standard units such as paperclips and pencils.

• ### Sid the Science Kid: Searching for Symmetry

#### Skills:

• Shapes,
• Spatial Sense

Use folding paper cutouts and mirrors to investigate lines of symmetry.

• ### Sorting At Home

#### Skills:

• Data Analysis,
• Patterns

Invite your child to help with the sorting you do every day during household chores.

• ### Super Why: Cupcake Math

#### Skills:

• Measurement,
• Numbers,
• Patterns

Cooking with kids is a great way to teach kids about measurement and help them learn the language of math.

• ### Super Why: Number Memory

#### Skills:

• Numbers,
• Words

Play a memory game with numbers.

• ### The Electric Company: Laugh-o-Graph

#### Skills:

• Data Analysis,
• Measurement

Create a laugh graph to rate your favorite jokes and figure out which one is the funniest.

• ### The Electric Company: Pin the Word on the Target

#### Skills:

• Spatial Sense,
• Words

Practice using position words to direct someone to an object's location.

• ### The Electric Company: Reverse-a-Ball Word Challenge

#### Skills:

• Data Analysis,
• Measurement,
• Vocabulary

• ### The Electric Company: The Power of Zero

#### Skills:

• Counting,
• Numbers,
• Words

Kids learn about place value while playing a fun card game.

• ### Treasure Map

#### Skills:

• Shapes,
• Spatial Sense

• ### Up, Down, All Around: Location Words

#### Skills:

• Spatial Sense,
• Words

• ### What's in the Bag?

#### Skills:

• Shapes,
• Words

Play a game where you and your child describe and name different shaped objects.

• ### Wild Kratts: Adding Up Animal Habitats

#### Skills:

• Subtraction

Learn about local animals and their habitats while practicing basic math skills.

• ### Wild Kratts: Bird Feeder Fractions

#### Skills:

• Fractions,
• Measurement

Have fun feeding your neighborhood birds while boosting your child’s measurement skills and introducing fractions.

• ### Wild Kratts: Temperature Scavenger Hunt

#### Skills:

• Data Analysis,
• Measurement,
• Subtraction

What are temperatures like where you live? Discover the many ways you measure temperature inside and outside your house.