Math Activities

Order Words

Use order words when you talk with your child. Use the terms “first,” “next,” and “last” when you are referring to events in a series. For example, use these terms while you are getting dressed for school in the morning. Say: I put on my pants first. Next, I put on my two socks. I put on my shoes last. You can also use these terms while you are playing with your child. For example, if you're building a tower with blocks, you can say: First, I put the biggest block at the bottom. Next, I put a thin, tall block. Last, I put the small, round block.


Gather groups of up to five common household items, such as spoons, jar lids, crayons, and blocks. Place the objects in groups of one to five objects each. Touch and count each of the items in one of the groups. Have your child do the same for that group and for the remaining groups.

You can also create groups by combining different types of household items. For example, you can place one spoon, two crayons, and one block together for a group of four items.