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Babies and maths

Babies show us that they understand simple mathematical concepts as early as six months. Find out more about how children develop maths skills. Babies learn best through play, games, songs, rhymes and stories. Your child’s everyday routines and experiences are full of learning opportunities that lay the foundations for numeracy.

Here are some ideas of things that you can do every day to support this:

  • Sing and sign songs and rhymes with repetition and numbers: Simply by changing your tone of voice or using sign and gesture you can introduce early maths concepts. For example, a big voice or big gesture to describe something big, or a little voice and little gesture to describe something small. The BBC Tiny Happy People site has lots of ideas, for songs and rhymes that will help your child to develop language and early maths skills.
  • Move and dance: Tap and clap along with your baby to music, songs and rhymes. Baby Beats is a fun app which gives ideas and activities on how you can move to music.
  • Introduce early maths ideas and words: You can do this in the bath, getting dressed and at meal times. There are lots of fun activities that you can do you’re your child on the Zero to Three website.