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Mealtime Math

Introduce the world of numbers while your baby enjoys her snack.

Learning Benefits

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What you need:

  • cups, plates, silverware 
  • cheese sticks 
  • crackers or pieces of cereal 

What to do:

  1. As you put out the cups, plates, and silverware, say, "One cup for you. One cup for me."
  2. Talk about the number of cheese sticks on the plate. Your baby may have one cheese stick for each hand. As she picks them up, say, "One, two. Two cheese sticks for two hands." 
  3. Give your little one 10 small crackers or pieces of cereal. Say, "You have many crackers." Count the crackers as she eats them. 


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