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Nurturing Literacy and Summer Adventures: Combining Math Games and Engaging Read-Alouds

Welcome to the HIPPY Halton blog! Where we celebrate the joy of learning through literacy, whether it's with words or numbers. At HIPPY, we believe in laying the foundation for math skills and reading through fun activities.


In this post, we'll combine the excitement of math games with engaging read-alouds centered around summer adventures. So let's dive in and explore the wonderful world of learning!


little girl doing math games

Math Games for Exploring Numbers and Shapes


At HIPPY, we emphasize the importance of developing mathematical skills in children. These math games will make learning a playful experience for both you and your child:


  1. Scavenger Hunt with a Twist: Take your child on a scavenger hunt to find shapes such as circles, squares, and rectangles. Discuss their colors, sizes, and compare them. Encourage your child to identify which circle is bigger or smaller than another.

  2. Number Line Walk: Draw a chalk number line and walk along it with your child while reciting the numbers. To make it even more enjoyable, choose a number and take that many steps along the line. For example, if you pick the number 4, take four steps. Where did you end up?

  3. Creating Number Shapes: Using popsicle sticks, play dough, or buttons, help your child construct number shapes. Practice counting the buttons used to form each number, reinforcing their understanding of counting and number recognition.

  4. Counting Around You: During walks or playtime, engage your child in counting specific items they encounter. Start with simple sequences like 2, 3, 4 leaves, and gradually increase the count, such as 2 birds, 3 birds, 4 birds, and so on. This activity fosters numeracy skills and enhances their observation abilities.

  5. Spotting Numbers in the Environment: Encourage your child to find and identify numbers on signs, license plates, logos, and labels during outings. This activity helps them understand that numbers are present all around us, making math a part of their daily life.

Embrace the joy of literacy, exploration, and imagination this summer, while building a strong foundation for their future learning and growth.

Engaging Read-Alouds with Summer Themes


Reading aloud to children is a delightful way to enhance their language skills and ignite their imagination. Here are some engaging books focused on summer activities:


Froggy Learns to Swim: In this book, Froggy embarks on a journey to learn swimming, an essential life skill for all children. Read this story with your child and discuss their own experiences and excitement about learning to swim.


Llama Llama Learns to Swim: Join Llama Llama as he overcomes his fears and learns to swim. Share this heartwarming tale and encourage your child to express their thoughts and feelings about swimming. You can also discuss water safety and simple practices like blowing bubbles in the bath.


Watermelon Madness: After enjoying a refreshing watermelon, engage your child in drawing the fruit's exterior and interior. Count the seeds in each slice and compare who has the most seeds. This interactive activity combines creativity, numeracy, and summer fun.


Jabari Jumps: Meet Jabari, a brave character who conquers fears. Discuss with your child what they might be afraid of and encourage them to draw a picture representing their fear. Together, explore ways to overcome these fears and provide support.


A Perfect Day: Engage your child in a poll and ask family members and friends to describe their idea of a perfect day. Share their responses and discuss what makes each day special and unique. This activity fosters communication, understanding, and appreciation for diverse perspectives.


Nurturing literacy skills doesn't have to be limited to words or numbers alone. By combining math games that enhance numeracy with engaging read-alouds centered around summer adventures, you can create an enriching learning experience for your child.


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