Early Math and Healthy Eating

Early Math and Healthy Eating

Early Math and Healthy Eating

Date posted: January 15, 2018

Young children use math concepts and skills in everyday activities even before they start school.

One of the everyday activities where children can practice early math skills is healthy eating. Here are some things for adults and children to try together:

  • Count fruit such as apples, oranges, bananas
  • Talk about the shape of different foods
  • Gather an assortment of vegetables and sort them by size or shape
  • Cook from a recipe, measuring the ingredients
  • Hunt for numbers on food packages
  • Help serve food or set the table, giving one item to each person


Through these activities, toddlers and preschoolers can learn to:

  • Understand size, shape and patterns
  • Count out loud
  • Recognize numbers
  • Identify more or less
  • Understand one-to-one correspondence
  • Measure
  • Estimate
  • Solve problems


This year, Family Literacy Week in BC is from January 21st to 28th. Decoda’s theme is What’s On My Plate?, with a focus on healthy eating and literacy.

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