Building Early Math Skills With Play



This training offers ideas for supporting the development of 11 early math skills through child-directed play. We’ll define each of the 11 skills, look at how children develop them while playing, and share ideas for building math-friendly play environments.

Outcomes / Goals

Attendees will:

  • Understand the difference between real play and play-like activities
  • Learn how to support 11 early math skills through child-directed play
  • Acquire ideas for creating a math-friendly play environment

Competency Area

  • Alabama | Learning Experiences And Enrichment / Child Development
  • Illinois | Curriculum Or Program Design
  • Michigan | Teaching And Learning
  • Missouri | Use A Broad Repertoire Of Teaching Skills And Strategies For Learning
  • Nebraska | Planning Learning Experiences And Curriculum
  • Oklahoma | Learning Environments And Curriculum
  • South Dakota | Learning Environments
  • Wisconsin | Learning Experiences, Strategies, And Curriculum
  • CDA | Advancing Children’s Physical And Intellectual Development

Clock Hours

Available in 60 and 90-minute formats


This is the breakdown for the 60-minute version of the session:

Introduction03 minutesMonologue
Real Play Versus Play-Like Activities10 minutesDiscussion
Supporting Early Math Skills Through Play30 minutesDiscussion
Creating A Math-Friendly Environment15 minutesDiscussion
Conclusion02 minutesMonologue

Related Resources

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Content Level

Beginner / Intermediate

Age Group Focus

  • Toddlers (12 months to 36 months)
  • Preschool (36 months to 5 years)
  • School Age (5 years to 12 years)
  • Adults

Target Audience

  • Family Child Care Providers
  • Child Care Center Teachers
  • Child Care Center Directors
  • Head Start Teachers
  • Head Start Administrators
  • Early Head Start Teachers
  • Service Coordination Staff
  • Technical Assistance Specialists
  • Home Visitors
  • Parents