Out at the Park Math

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It’s never too early to start talking math with a toddler, yes even for those under age 2. The perfect place to do it? At the playground!

Chances are you’re going to be at a playground anyway, so why not throw in a little math? Once you start looking, you’ll realize just how many shapes there are to talk about. Today with Veronika, we found everything from the obvious, like a neat set of squares to climb…

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…or a circle wheel to drive…

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…to the subtle. There were tiny circles in the platform beneath her feet, for example, or rectangles outlined in the rungs of a ladder.

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Playgrounds are also great places to teach the concept of counting. “How many times can you go down the slide?” I asked her. With each whoosh down, we counted. One time! Two times! Three times!

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Or count the steps your toddler climbs, the bars on the monkey bars, the number of swings…

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…or the keys on a giant xylophone (and hey, more rectangles)!

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This simple game is a great way to make math an everyday concept for your little one.

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