Sharpen thinking skills by doing a necessary household job. Ask your youngster to sort laundry — before or after washing. How many socks? How many sheets?
Make fractions fun to learn. Fold paper towels or napkins into large and small fractions. Start with halves and move to eighths and sixteenths. Use magic markers to label the fractions.
Teach estimating skills. Ask your children to make guesses about the weight of several household objects — a wastebasket, a coat, a full glass of water. Then show children how to use a bathroom scale to weigh the objects. Next, have them estimate their own weight, as well as that of other family members, and use the scale to check their guesses.