Celebrate grouchy Oscar's birthday by helping him sort junk for his trash collection in this online game.
On what day of the week was your child born? Show him a calendar for his birth year, and ask him to find out.
Build an obstacle course that includes such things as trees, bushes, and outdoor furniture. Use a string to mark the path. As your child goes through it, ask her to describe her movements using words such as under, over, around, and through.
Blow up a balloon and ask your child to guess how many times he can bat it in the air before it falls to the ground. Have him keep track by counting out loud. Then compare his estimate to the final count. Was his estimate more or less?
Can your child keep a balloon in the air for one minute? Time her and find out! It will help her grasp the concept of time. She may be surprised to learn how long a minute really is.
Try your hand at some yo-yoing! How many times can you drop and retract the yo-yo? Ask your child to count for you. For older kids, suggest they make an estimate before they count.
Go on a nature walk in a nearby park. Give your child a bag for any "treasures" he collects. When you return home, ask him to sort them by type (e.g., acorns, leaves, shells, rocks, etc.)
This is a good day for a trip to the zoo. What is the tallest animal you see? What is the smallest animal? What is the biggest?
How many ways can your child make the number 9 (e.g., 5 + 4; 6 + 3, etc.) Give younger children nine objects to group into parts (e.g., 5 pennies and 4 pennies).
How many ways can your child make 10 cents? Give her some dimes, nickels, and at least 10 pennies. Ask older children to make 50 cents.
Ask your child to draw a picture using only shapes such as triangles, squares, and circles.
Read your child the book Shoes, Shoes, Shoes, by Ann Morris. Then gather up shoes from around your house and ask her to group them by type (e.g., sneakers, fancy shoes, sandals, etc.). She can also group them by size.
Keep track of the weather for one week. At the end of each day, ask your child to draw a sun or a cloud next to that day on the calendar. At the end of the week add them up. Were there more sunny days or cloudy days?
As you walk around your neighborhood or town, ask your child to find big and small pairs. For example, a big tree and a small tree; a big building and a small building; a big sign and a small sign, etc.
Celebrate Father's Day by making Dad a tasty treat — No-Bake Granola Bars. Cooking with kids is a fun, delicious way to engage your child in measurement.
In this online game, your child can fly a kite with The Cat in the Hat by feeding shapes into the Huff-Puff-a-Tron.
Count how many steps it takes to get from the front door to the back door, or from the front door to a particular room in your house or apartment. Do this activity again, but with BIG steps. How do the two numbers compare?
Read the book, Inch by Inch, by Leo Leoni. Then find things around the house and in the backyard (or a park) that your child can measure with his body, just like the inchworm!
Hide a "treasure" in the backyard or a park. Draw a simple map that includes major landmarks such as trees, bushes, swing set, picnic table, etc. Mark the treasure's location with a big "X." Ask you child to use the map to find the treasure.
Ask your child to make a flower by drawing a circle surrounded by 6 or more petals. Then have her color the petals in a pattern. For example, alternating red and blue petals.
The first day of summer is the longest day of the year. What time of the day produces the longest shadow? Find out by measuring your child's shadow at 10 a.m., noon, and 4 p.m.
Cut two or three different kinds of shapes out of construction paper (at least five of each shape). Ask your child to decide on a pattern (e.g., circle — square — circle — square), and then glue the shapes in a row on a sheet of paper. Add eyes and a forked tongue to the snake's "head".
Oh, no! Robo-Fizz is in pieces. Your child can put him back together in this engaging online game.
Give your child three or four different-sized containers. Ask, "Which is the smallest?" and "Which is the largest?" Suggest that she fill one container with water and pour it into another container. Does it hold all the water, or does she need a bigger container?
Next time you are packing up leftovers from a meal, ask your child to help select the containers. Not only will this sharpen his estimation skills, it will also give him practice with volume and capacity.
Why is a baseball field called a baseball diamond? Show your child a picture of a baseball field, and ask her to point to the diamond that is formed when you draw lines connecting home plate and the three bases. What other shapes can she see?
A triangle for lunch? A hexagon for dessert? Invite your child to make tasty geometric treats by cutting sandwiches and cookies into different of shapes.
Use cookie cutters to cut slices of bread and cheese into different shapes. Ask your child to make shape sandwiches by choosing two pieces of bread and one piece of cheese that are all the same shape.
Take your child on a shape hunt around the neighborhood. Look carefully at road signs, walkways, windows, and other building features. Some shapes to keep an eye out for: circle, square, triangle, rectangle, pentagon, and hexagon.
You're halfway through the year! Write the names of the months in sequence on a piece of paper. Help your child understand the concept of "half" by asking her to count the months from January through June, and then from July through December.