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Play With Your Food! Goldfish Math
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Once you see that your child is fully comfortable with matching numbers and objects, you can move to short “mental math”. Say, “Now I’m going to make two groups of fish." Lay the two groups of crackers on the paper and ask, "How many in each group? How many all together? Tell me the total and that’s your password. You get the fish!" Math specialists call this a “manipulative” activity—you’re using concrete objects to help kids recognize abstract concepts. Don’t hesitate to use small numbers in each pile—this helps build fast recognition and mastery of “math facts.”

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