Math is often referred to by young students as the boring subject, just a bunch of meaningless numbers occasionally made interesting by the introduction of cheerios. Having two younger brothers around all the time kept me constantly looking for creative ideas to get them excited about academics. Try one of these methods to get your child excited about learning the universal language of mathematics.
Using props can be extremely helpful in getting younger children to grasp mathematical concepts. The great thing about this is you can change your prop depending on your child’s interest: toy dinosaurs, toy cars, doll accessories, etc. You can use these props to teach addition, subtraction, multiplication, division. You can also incorporate concepts of patterns and grouping to enhance the experience. If you don’t have anything, any of your child’s favorite snacks will work great as well, even if I made them sound boring earlier.
You can use money (or representational money) to teach your child about math and money all at once. You can together pick out a toy they want (doesn’t have to cost much), then you can talk about how that amount translates to a certain amount of real work you do for someone. Then you can set up a list of chores they can do and value these chores in dollars and cent amounts and allow them to figure out the value of the work they do. Having the ability to earn their own toy will have them excited enough to get those chores done and add up their earnings working towards something they want.
As much as I hate to say it, video games can be one of the best ways to get stubborn kids to be happy about learning math. There are several games around these days that cater specifically to teaching math to certain ages, doing so while being fun enough for your child to not know the difference. The benefit of this is they will often want to play these games unaware of your diabolical scheme to get them to learn. Just doing a quick web search for math video games will show you the wide array of options you have, something for every age and math level.