Math Activity

Comparing Number of Objects in Groups

Your child has been sorting and combining objects in groups during the school year. Some of the other at-home activities have focused on these skills as well.

Now your child can compare the number of objects in groups and use vocabulary that describes the differences. This can be done during any play activity where numbers of toys are being used. Watch as your child assembles groups of items, and ask simple questions, such as: Which group has more? Which group has fewer? Can you make two groups that have the same number? and If you put them all together, how many do you have? Your child will be counting, comparing, and combining.

It will help your child to hear you use that same vocabulary—while cooking, organizing, packing, and so forth. In any situation that provides the chance for such conversations, ask your child: Which has more, fewer, less, the same?