Inside: A master list of simple, inexpensive, and fun ways to teach all the basic math principles your kids need to thrive. PLUS- Free Math Roadmap

Most homeschoolers overcomplicate math with fancy curriculum, worksheets, quizzes, stop-watches **We choose to be different!**

**Related:** Grab your Math Roadmap Printable

Stripping math back to its basic foundational core, we can set our kids up for success in life by giving them a solid foundation with allows them to add, subtract, multiply, divide, count, measure, weigh, and estimate.

Most kids are not mathematicians hiding inside little bodies. They are dancers, chefs, architects, designers, farmers, mechanics, bankers, writers or ** yet-to-be-decideds**.

Let’s give our kids a solid foundation in the area of math so they can balance their checkbook, decide which deal is the best bargain, measure that granite with accuracy, give an estimate for that remodel, or plan out their crops. If they decide that math is their universe, then we can strap on a deep sea diving suit and bring them face to face the parabolas, quadratic formulas, and matrixes in the last years of high school or pass them off to a college professor.

### For now, we serve our kids and their future best by giving them a solid foundation in math.

**Table of Contents of 16 Math Concepts Covered Here:**

- Fine motor skills
- Colors
- Shapes
- Patterning
- Sorting
- Math art
- Addition/subtraction
- Tally marks
- Number lines
- Multiplication/Division
- Estimating
- Fractions
- Decimals
- Money
- Time
- Percentages

**4 Ways to Build and Strengthen Fine Motor Skills**

According to studies, “fine motor skills were a better predictor of early maths ability than they were of early reading ability,” (source)

**Safety Tip:** You know this, but I have to say it anyway…

Kids like to put things in their mouths. Always closely supervise your kids when they are working with things they might choose to taste. Like Legos, marbles, pom poms, and play dough. ** If it fits through a toilet paper roll, consider it a choking hazard and watch them closely**.

Pom-Pom Sorting by Busy Toddler

Texture Balloons for Kids by Little Bins for Little Hands

Pasta Threading Activity by Laughing Kids Learn

Play dough Fun Trays by Pocket of Preschool

Fine Motor Skills Printable Bundle by A Better Way to Homeschool

**8 Fun Ways to Teach Kids Colors and Shapes**

Songs about colors collected by Prekinders

Goldfish sorting by Live Like You Are Rich

Hungry Monster Sorters by Like Like You Are Rich

Easy Color Wheel Sorting by Craftionary

FREE All About Colors Learning Pack by This Reading Mama

Learning shapes unit by Planning Playtime

FREE Dab a Dot Shapes by 123 Homeschool 4 me

**36+ Fun Patterning and Sorting Activities**

FREE Bear Counter Strip Patterns by The Measured Mom

Introducing Patterns to Toddlers by Busy Toddler

Shape Sorting for Toddlers by Mess for Less

My Favorite Shape Sorter by Melissa and Doug

Graph that Pattern by A Better Way to Homeschool

**25+ Fun with Math-Art Ideas**

21 Math Art Ideas by What Do We Do All Day

Print and Color Tessellations by Frugal Fun for Boys

The Art of Circles by Nurture Store

Radial Symmetry by Art with Mrs. Nguyen

Compass Painting by Housing a Forest

**7+ FUN Addition and Subtraction Activities and Ideas**

Whack a Ball Subtraction Game by Planning Playtime

Addition puzzles to 100 by Teaching Products

Addition and Subtraction Fun Sheets by A Better Way to Homeschool

Addition and subtraction BUNDLE by Rebekah Sayler

Fun with Uni fix Cubes by Homegrown Learners

**4 Tally Mark and Number Line Activities**

Tally Marks: Right Start Math Activity by Two Happy Homeschoolers

Tally Marks Activity by Kindergarten Smorgasboard

**Related:** A Printable Math Roadmap

Walk the Number Line by PBS

LEGO Number Line by Royalbaloo

## 7 Fun Multiplication and Division Activities and Ideas

Star Wars Multiplication Practice by A Better Way to Homeschool

Multiplication Bundle by A Better Way to Homeschool

How to teach multiplication and Division with LEGO by Math Geek Mama

Hands-On Division Activity by Rainy Day Mum

## 2 Fun Estimating Activities for Kids

Estimation Jars for Preschool by Mama Papa Bubba

Estimating Task Cards FREE by You’ve Got this Math

**Related: **Why Teaching BOTH estimation and accuracy are important.

**7 Fun Ways to Teach Kids Fractions**

Cooking Camp for Kids by A Better Way to Homeschool

Pizza Fraction Project by 4th Grade Frolics

Fraction Mats by ABCs with Mrs B

**5 FUN Decimal Activities and Ideas**

Rules of Decimals by Moore Resources

How to introduce decimals by Classroom Caboodle

FREE Multiplying and Dividing Decimals Game By Math Geek Mama

**4 FUN Money Activities and Ideas**

Budgeting for Kids by A Better Way to Homeschool

FREE Counting Money Flip Cards by Life Over CS

Coin Caterpillar by Miss Kindergarten

Money Sorting Mat by Mrs. Hodge and Her Kindergarten Kids

## 4 Fun Activities and Ideas for Teaching Time

Making Clocks to Practice Telling Time by A Better Way to Homeschool

Hula Hoop Clock by Creekside Learning

It’s Always Time to Pray by A Better Way to Homeschool

After School Routine Clock by Heathered Nest

## The Easy Way to Solve Percentages

## Additional Math FUN

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Kelley says

This list is AMAZING! Thanks so much for saving me so much time!