# Everyday Math Activities Kids Can Do at Home

Opportunities Abound in the Kitchen, Grocery Store, and Elsewhere

Since many newer math programs, like JUMP math and​ Singapore math, work hard to help children recognize math in the real world, finding everyday math activities at home is a great way for parents to reinforce this philosophy.

Opportunities to explore math with your child pop up everywhere. Going to the grocery store, cooking dinner, or even watching the news together are some of the ways these opportunities present themselves.

## Math in the Kitchen

At the end of a long day, when you’re thinking about getting dinner ready and getting everybody off to various appointments and lessons, creating mathematical moments is probably the farthest thing from your mind.

However, having your child help you in the kitchen not only offers the benefit of an extra pair of hands but also involves math. From measuring and sequencing to estimation and ​multiplication, the kitchen is a real-life school for kids of all ages.

While road trips and other types of travel are a wonderful way to get away from the pressures and responsibilities of real life, they also provide some really interesting opportunities to practice math.

A game called license plate math requires participants to pretend to be spies breaking codes to turn letters into numbers. That’s only one of many ways to drive home math while you’re driving away from home. Other ideas include teaching them about budgeting meal money, calculating the cost of gas, and figuring out distances on maps.

## Math at the Grocery Store

Grocery shopping, or any other kind, can be a stressful chore when your kids are with you. In between the cries of “can we buy that?” and “Ick, asparagus!” you can make the trip more manageable by drawing on some math learning.

The store provides wonderful opportunities to practice estimating cost, creating and sticking to a budget, and using the scale to weigh produce.

Not all teachable math moments accompany everyday chores. Math comes in all forms, including lemonade stands. In addition to congratulating your child on their entrepreneurial spirit, you can add a few extra ingredients to their lemonade.

As your child starts to put their business plan into action, they'll need some help figuring out proportions, understanding capital investment, and settling on a price that will bring in some profit.

## Math Through Conversation

If you’re like many parents, you may often hear phrases like, “I want one of those” and “I want the bigger half.” Use these moments as an opportunity to improve your child's mathematical understanding. You can explain that there’s no bigger half. And there may not be extra money for “one of those,” whatever it may be.

Look for opportunities to teach your children about making a budget, rounding to the nearest price, and learning about sales taxes. The begging for the bigger half offers the chance to teach your children about fractions, equal shares, and division with and without remainders.​