Fun tips to include Math in Daily Life?

Developing math skills is not as hard as it is believed to be.  Learning Math is similar to reading.  Parents focus so much time on reading and turn it into a habit.  I believe math should be the same.  It is important to include Math in our daily lives because Math is everywhere and extremely useful.  Here are some daily tasks for which math is important:

  • Budgeting 
  • Shopping for the best price
  • Cooking
  • Travelling 
  • Driving
  • Understanding loans
  • Doing taxes
  • Understanding sports (being a player and team statistics)
  • Playing music
  • Baking
  • Home decorating
  • Gardening and landscaping
  • Tailoring 
  • Designing 

I strongly believe that if I as a parent can devote 10 minutes to learning math every day, it will truly help your kids later on in life.  Just 10 minutes! That’s all.  It’s not that long but for kids it will change their perspective towards math and later help them in whatever career they choose.  

Since Math is important and should be practiced for 10-15 minutes everyday.  Here are some things I do to include them it in my daily lifestyle: 

 

Counting stairs

I don’t know why but I always count when I am taking the stairs.  I do that with my kids too.  It also makes the task of taking stairs more fun.  So every time I take the stairs I count 1 step 2 step. Now my son is learning times tables.  So he is counting the steps by 12, we have 18 stairs, so he starts from 12 and goes up to 216.

 

Grab and go cards

Flash cards are always handy and useful for kids.  They are a fun way to learn.  I always keep them in my entryway table, and grab them every so often when we are going for a quick grocery run.  

 

Journal/Logbook: 

Writing a journal is another way to learn math. It’s a great way to learn time-management and planning the day or week. 

 

Gardening: 

I love to garden, so I spend a lot of time in the garden.  My kids and I are always planting seeds in arrays, and estimating how many fruits are on the tree and what is the probability of a squirrel eating our tomatoes.  It’s super fun.  Our last task was calculating the volume of our raised beds and figuring out how many bags of soil we need.  So I introduced the concept of area and volume to my son.  He gave me weird looks.  Every time I introduce a new concept, I get weird looks from him.  

 

Cooking

Along with gardening, I also end up spending a lot of time in the kitchen. I encourage my kids to help me with measuring.  For my 4 year old daughter we are learning the concept of half and whole.  She loves breaking the Oreo cookie in half, and licking the cream first before eating the whole.  Kitchen is a treasure trove of measurement learning, it’s fun and an awesome way to engage kids.  

 

Walks

When the weather is nice walking is our favorite activity.  We alway play I spy on the walk, that’s my 4 year old’s favorite Peppa Pig inspired activity.  But I add my math to it by saying I Spy adding a single digit number to whatever I Spy.  It’s mostly birds, cars, trees, bugs...something.  For my son, it get’s harder because for him I spy a multiple of whatever it is I spy.  Soon I’ll change the operation to division.  And before we know it the walk ends with all of us actively engaged in games and conversation. 

 

Shopping 

Now shopping is another story.  My daughter is usually engaged by looking at stuff but my son is mostly whining about why he is there.  So here I keep him busy with math.  Most of my shopping questions are about budgeting, comparing the best price options, and sales.  It is a great way to learn this important life lesson.

I believe, when kids relate math to daily life, they don’t find it difficult and shy away from doing tough calculations. They may also become more interested in math. I feel that I as a parent can help make it easy for my kids to navigate tougher subjects later in life.