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How to Introduce Numbers to your Toddler


In our other blog, Baby Steps Daycare / Preschool, a Daycare and Preschool provider in Forest Hills, New York, shared to you some tips on how to introduce your child to the world of letters. You can read that blog entitled “Learning Letters for Toddlers” in our website at

As we have previously mentioned in that blog, the 3 R’s that are very important skills in your child’s life are reading, writing and arithmetic. Now that we are done talking about tips on how to easily integrate letters into the everyday activities of your child, it is time to introduce them to the world of numbers.

Whether you have been a renowned math wizard in the good old days or if you hate math with all your heart, body and soul, you can still teach your child the basics in math. We at Baby Steps Daycare / Preschool are listing some tips you can use in order for your child to be acquainted with numbers with ease. So without any further ado, here are 4 things you need to consider doing to give your child a background on the arithmetic:

Introduce the basics at home
Your child, by the age of 2, will be able to enumerate the numbers one to ten in order. But experts say that children will truly develop their ability to count once they reach their preschool days. Before they step in to school it would be very helpful for your child to be introduced to numbers first at home. As a Daycare and Preschool provider in Forest Hills, New York, we really applaud children who can already count by the time they reach preschool and we extend our gratitude and appreciation to the parents who made it possible.

Count things up
No matter what our exposure to the subject is, we do believe that math is all around us. Use this sentence to look for things you can teach your child. You can integrate math in simple activities like counting the buttons as the child button up his or her shirt. During meal time, you can even ask them to count together with you the number of peas on their plate.

Introduce sorting
Math is not necessarily numbers but the value of the things around us. The following acts and skills can even be attributed to an important part of early mathematics:

  • Observing
  • Comparing
  • Distinguishing

As Dr. Seaton once pointed out, toddlers are master sorters. You can ask a child to group certain things with, let us say, similar color into one group and they will perform it without fail. Integrate this in household chores like sorting dirty clothes from the clean ones and sorting the spoon and the forks and putting them in one group in one place. Your child will not only learn math but also the value of orderliness. And not only that, for your little angel can also learn life skills.

Show the difference between less and more
When a child reaches the age of 2, he or she will be able to distinguish less and more. This is one of the basics in teaching numbers. Ask questions like “Which cookie has the more chocolate chips on it?” or “Which glass has the most water in it?”

How was your experience with introducing numbers to the life of your child? Share your experiences in the comments below.

If you want your child to learn not only math and arithmetic but also communicating and interacting with one another, you can enroll them at Baby Steps Daycare / Preschool, the finest Daycare and Preschool provider in Forest Hills, New York. Schedule a tour now by visiting our website at

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