Math Counts

Math Card Game

Ideal for Preschool/Pre-K, School-Age

A mother and her daughter play cards on their couch.

This activity promotes development and learning by encouraging children to:

  • Practice rote counting, matching, and simple math equations.

Materials:

  • A deck of cards or materials to make a deck of cards
  • Optional: Paper
  • Optional: Markers

Directions:

Toddlers:

  1. Encourage your toddler to fill the box or bag while an adult helps the child to count.
  2. Allow your toddler to dump the contents out and repeat.

Preschool:

  1. Divide a deck of cards into only number cards (remove the face cards).
  2. Have your child individually place them on the table, face-up, and find the matches (colors or numbers).

Extension: School-Age

  • Create addition, subtraction, and equal sign cards.
  • Add snacks to count out numbers on the cards and equations.

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