Combine math with reading _ There are quite a few nice children's books out there about math and who does not like a deal. Imagine it's a 2 for 1 deal you are getting, with the opportunity for your kid to enjoy reading and math at the same time. The Sir Cumference series comes to mind with its attractive illustrations and adventures. Less than Zero is another. It gives a good introduction to the concept of negative numbers. Also One Hundred Hungry Ants appeals to kids too. Well who doesn't love bugs? Check out online stores where you can read reviews but remember to ensure that the reading level is not more advanced that necessary to get the math concepts across. If that is the case that will just take the fun out of it and make your children frustrated.
Treat math as part of their daily lives _ Math has practical uses and kids must understand this early on. If they get an allowance they will need to count their money and if they spend any they'll need to get the right change and understand how much is left over. They are growing and they will love this fact. Let them fill out their own height chart. When they are helping you in the kitchen, let them help you measure the flour to bake cookies. They can also figure out how many slices of pizza each person can get or how many batteries must be used out of the pack. to power their toys. These are just a few simple ideas.