# 4 years old and under

It’s never too early to talk math with kids. Use number words, play with shapes, make patterns, and pay attention to their astonishing logic.
Tessalation: A great new book

## Tessalation: A great new book

This beautiful book helps us see the world through a child's joyful, creative, mathy eyes.

Let the children play

## Let the children play

Reflections on the first Math On-A-Stick at the Minnesota State Fair

A tale of two conversations

## A tale of two conversations

What was, what might have been, and what could be....all in a conversation about marshmallows.

A happy report from the field

## A happy report from the field

Every once in a while, someone shares with me a lovely story of a conversation that they had with their kid that was inspired by the work on this blog. These stories are tremendously satisfying to me because they remind me that isn't just me and my kids, and that...

What makes a sandwich

## What makes a sandwich

The 3-year old daughter of fellow Minnesotan, fellow math teacher and friend Megan Schmidt made the following proclamation a couple weeks back. It takes three things to make a sandwich #Tmwyk— Megan Schmidt (@Veganmathbeagle) May 23, 2014 This simple...

Units of measurement

## Units of measurement

This post is edited and remixed from a post on my other blog last summer. Loyal reader Jim Doherty wrote in to report the following conversation with his 4-year old daughter Mo. They are on a long drive to a hotel. Mo (4 years old): How far are we?Jim: We are 20...

Peeps

## Peeps

This is one of my favorite tasks in recent years. The idea is that we will compare two sets of Peeps. Are there more of one color or the other? There is so much fun to be had counting Peeps. Now that Valentine's Day is past, Peeps (a common Easter candy) are back...

Book shopping

## Book shopping

Math teacher mom (and long ago former student of mine), Megan Schmidt sent in the following report for Talking Math with Other People's Kids month... --- Her husband (who is not a math teacher) and three-year-old daughter—we'll call her Marian—are...