Here are some suggestions you can pass on to parents to help them introduce math learning all around the house:

SHARE PICTURE BOOKS. Share books with your child about counting, shapes, and numbers.

COUNT EVERYTHING. Count steps up and down stairs, the number of windows and chairs-just about everything your child is interested in that you can count. Count how many times you can bounce a ball or skip rope without stopping.

MEASURE EVERYTHING. Collect empty jars of various sizes and shapes. Set a dishpan or large pot of water outside and let your child explore the jars. Then have her compare how much the jars hold by pouring water from one to another.

SET THE TABLE. Ask your child to set the table, putting one item out for each person. As an added challenge, invite your child to count out the items ahead of time, then pass them out.