Uno is such a fun way to teach colors and numbers. It's great for the little ones and older kids love this game too. At the end of a round the older kids can practice adding up the cards to determine the score.
Creating a new calendar teaches kids about numbers, seasons, days, weeks, months, and years. They also get handwriting practice, and when they're done they have their very own calendar. Microsoft Word or other word processing programs can be used to print-out blank calendars. Then the child can count the number of days in a week, label the weeks, label the months and copy the numbers from another calendar of the same year into the appropriate boxes for each month. When we did this activity we did one month per week. Each time we worked on a different month. While working on the month we talked about things that are done in that month; holidays, birthdays, seasons, etc... and then drew an appropriate picture. We have always done this activity at the end of the year so the new calendar is ready in January.
rules. Basically the players try to collect cards so that the total point value of the cards is 21 or closer to 21 than their opponent - without going over. My kids love this game!
In addition to these activities counting things interesting outside and in stories, talking about ages, birthdays, holidays, counting the days until the grandparents visit, cooking, playing with math toys such as pattern puzzles, clocks and geometrical toys are all wonderful math activities for young children.