Math for infants is all about the basics. Early math concepts, such as counting, shapes, measurement, patterns, etc., are everywhere around us. It’s just a matter of seeing them and pointing them out to infants. Keep in mind that the majority of math activities for infants should revolve around interactive talking. Making a conscious effort to include basic math in your everyday conversations with infants can help them start to understand early math concepts.

## 1. Shapes

One of the infant math games you can do with infants is the identification of naturally occurring shapes in their environment.

• “This box of cereal is a rectangle, but the cereal inside is in the shape of a circle.”
• “Look at this mirror. It’s the shape of a triangle.”

## 2. More

One of the first math concepts children understand is more.

• “Do you want more?”
• “This pile has more Cheerios than the other pile.”

## 3. Zero

Infant math activities should also include the concept of zero.

• “It’s all gone!”
• “There’s nothing left!”

## 4. Sequencing

Explain to infants the different steps of a process as you do them.

• “First we put on your shoes, and then we tie them.”
• “After we read a book, we’ll go outside.”

## 5. Sorting and Classifying

Infants can begin to learn how to sort and classify different things, so they can make sense of what’s happening in their environment.

• “Let’s put all of the wooden blocks in the bin.”
• “I’m going to put all of the red cars in a pile.”

## 6. Spatial Relationships

Helping infants understand the physical relationship between objects is another basic math skill you can include in math activities.

• “Can you help me put this ball in the basket?”
• “You’re sitting next to the puppy!”

## 7. Patterns and Matching

Talk about the different patterns you see on items in an infant’s environment, and be sure to point out items that match.

• “I really like the polka dots on your blanket.”
• "This sock matches this one.”

## 8. Measurement

Talking about size, weight, length of time, etc. are important in helping infants learn basic measurement skills.

• “You are growing taller every day!”
• “This block tower is taller than the other one.”

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