Place multi-colored building blocks on the floor and sort them out with your toddler. Give instructions such as: Build a red tower with four bricks, build a yellow tower with two bricks, or line three blue blocks to make a train.
As a variation, build a row of towers with different numbers of bricks. Ask your toddler to count the bricks used to build each tower. Or, build a tower by alternately placing a brick on top of the other, counting each brick added aloud.
Brain research says: Teaching math and number skills should begin with matching, sorting, and identifying patterns.
Leticia Peñano-Ho, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and neurotherapist, PsychPros, Inc., Xanland tower, Katipunan Ave., Quezon City
Mila De Leus-Bascon, preschool coordinator and Infant-Toddler Development Program educator, Community of Learners School for Children, New Manila, Quezon City
Brain Games by Jane Kemp, Claire Walters, and Dr. Dorothy Einon