First Grade Math Activities:
Fun Math for Kids
First grade math activities are a great way of making numbers easy and fun - just like they should
One way of making sure your child stays on top of 1st Grade maths
is to keep maths real and base it on your child's favorite activities.
The idea behind all successful First Grade maths is to build maths into all your child's favorite activities.
So what's the drawing of the dog doing here?
The answer is that dogs were my daughter Catherine's favorite animal at 1st Grade in homeschool. So we used them for homeschooling fun math for kids!
1st Grade Math Activities
Here are lots of suggestions for fun math activities.
Homeschool Maths - With Dogs!
- Get a dog fact file. Look up facts and figures - size,
weight, tail length... It's a great way of covering all different ways
of measuring to help homeschooling number comparisons.
- Go to the local park and do a survey of how many dogs of
each breed you can see. Get your child to write down the numbers of
Labradors / Spaniels / etc. The fun part is that you often can't tell!
So that means asking the owners. Which makes this one of those very social homeschool 1st Grade math activities for kids!
- Use the numbers to help First Grade math activities by getting your child make a simple homeschool bar chart showing which is the most popular pet.
Homeschooling Maths with Models
First Grade is the age when your child really begins to get to grips
with making models. There is so much maths to be learnt - numbers,
stages, logic - that kids' homeschool models might as well be a maths
- Lego models have to come 1st as the brand leader for kids.
So many inventive and fun ones to choose. Use the chance to get your
child adding up blocks, counting knobs and sorting shapes.
Lego is brilliant for teaching Math:
You can get some great free lego printables from Living Montessori Now.com.
- K'Nex. Well worth trying out. My son William loved his K'Nex and learnt
so much homeschool maths while doing them. His K'nex fairground ride
took up the top half of the garden!
- Make your own homeschool model. This is more challenging for 1st Grade kids, but infinitely rewarding. Here's Catherine with her Thunderbird
models. I'll explain how to make them in our homeschooling craft
activities, but if you look closely, you'll see they are essentially
cardboard boxes of different shapes and sizes covered in colored card.
Teaches measurement, shapes and dimensions - but, above all, that
homeschooling maths is fun!
Homeschooling Maths through the Kitchen
- The power of food can't be underestimated with First Grade
kids! Get your child cooking treats for homeschool. Toffee marshmallow
crispies, raspberry pavlova - whatever it takes to get your child using
those weighing scales.
More First Grade Fun Math for Kids
There are lots more maths activities for 1st Grade in our page on homeschool kindergarten math. You can see homeschooling board, card and dice games, including UNO and Monopoly, as well as playing shop with a cash till. They can all be enjoyed by your child well into 1st grade.
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First grade math activities build numbers into whatever your child enjoys most - and that makes numbers easy and fun.
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ideas. It's brilliant!" ~ Diana
totally love all your posts and enjoy reading them....the kids
love the activities and enjoy them through and through." ~ Bianka