If you’re in the market for different techniques to supplement your child’s school-taught math education at home, don’t overlook something you’re probably already doing! Reading to your child encourages all kinds of skills – from letter and sound recognition to imagination to critical thinking and problem solving skills. With the right kind of picture books, your 3-6 year olds will love learning about math concepts too! Check out these fun and entertaining math books.
1. Zero by Kathryn Otoshi
Every other number is worth something, but when Zero looks at herself, all she sees is a big hole in her center. If she could look like the other numbers, she’d count too. This book is not only a lesson in personal worth, but a fun way to learn about numbers and counting.
2. One by Kathryn Otoshi
Blue is a quiet color who, for some reason, Red is always picking on. Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don’t like what they see, but what can they do about it? This combines learning about primary and secondary colors, as well as counting. But it also teaches an important lesson about standing together and making a difference – even if you are only one.
3. My Very First Book of Numbers by Eric Carle
Do you know how many apples there are? How many cherries? This is a puzzle book in which the reader identifies the numeral and number of black boxes on the top half of the page and then matches this to the correct number of fruits shown on the bottom half of the page. Colorful, vibrant, graphic and fun, this book makes number recognition, counting and matching a game!
4. I Spy Numbers by Jean Marzollo
This book uses simple picture clues and rhyming riddles to guide young children through learning about numbers, counting and simple math concepts. It’s specifically geared to preschoolers and kindergarteners who will love all 12 of the bright, colorful, interesting spreads.
5. Rainbow Fish Counting by Marcus Pfister
Young children learn numbers 1-10 with dazzling illustrations of undersea creatures and plants, including the well-loved Rainbow Fish himself! Bold numerals shown along with the appropriate sea creatures help with number recognition while appealing visually to a young audience.
6. Ten Apples Up On Top! by Theo LeSieg
This classic story introduces kids to three lovable characters who can perform all kinds of giggle-inducing tricks! The Lion, dog and tiger discover that they can do a lot of fun things – from drinking milk to jumping rope and roller skating – all while balancing apples on their heads. How many can they keep up? Will they let them fall? Kids love to count along.
7. How Do Dinosaurs Count to Ten? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
Young readers love these familiar dino characters and their crazy antics! They’re at it again, this time teaching kids to count from 1 to 10. The pages are full of rhyming text and silly illustrations that are sure to capture attention. It makes learning numbers and counting BIG fun!
8. Gobble, Gobble Crash! by Julie Stiegemeyer
It all starts with four naughty, noisy turkeys and soon the whole barnyard is awake! Did they really intend to wake the farmer in the middle of the night as well?? Kids will find the illustrations hilarious as they count up to 10 and all the way back down in fun rhyming text.
9. The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns
Bored with his current situation, a triangle visits a local shapeshifter to have some alterations made. Adding another angle makes him a quadrilateral! But that’s just not enough for this greedy shape. Children will love finding out what happens as the triangle adds angle after angle until he is completely transformed! What a fun introduction to shapes and basic math concepts!
10. Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald
Each page of this bright, vivid book reveals another shape clue about a creature from long ago. The die-cut pages are full of attention-grabbing colors and shapes that come together in a large, fold-out page for the grand reveal. Circles become eyes, triangles become scales… will your young reader deduce what awaits on the final page?
Also check out this list of 10 Language and Literacy Books 3-6 Year Olds Will Love.
Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com