Books to build mathematical understanding in Kindy

Your child will be introduced to many different mathematical skills and concepts in Kindy. Here are some books you can read together to familiarise your child with some important concepts in a fun way!

Goodnight Numbers

Written by Danica McKellar and illustrated by Alicia Padron.

With this bedtime picture book, you and your child will say goodnight to things around the home - toys, pots and pans, and pets - while identifying the numbers you both see in them. For example, “Goodnight to the tricycle which has three wheels” or “Goodnight to the pet cat which has four legs”.

This book will help your child quantify collections and learn how numbers work by linking numbers to the objects they see in the real world.

All Through The Year

Written by Jane Godwin and illustrated by Anna Walker.

Help your child become familiar with ideas associated with time with this lovely book. It takes them on a journey through all the months of the year, explores seasons and relates the passing of time to the experiences of a young girl.

Where Is The Green Sheep?

Written by Mem Fox and illustrated by Judy Horacek.

This fun book gets your child to join in a mission to find the green sheep. Throughout its pages they will see and identify many sheep of different varieties: What makes them the same? What makes these sheep different from each other?

You can use this book to explore early patterning skills and quantifying collections.

Ten Black Dots

Written and illustrated by Donald Crews.

This eye-catching picture book can help your child build confidence with quantifying collections. Along the way they can enjoy rhymes, identify common objects and observe how the black dots are used in the book’s illustrations to represent different items like buttons, seeds and even spots on a snake!

Absolutely One Thing, Featuring Charlie and Lola

Written and illustrated by Lauren Child.

On this trip to the shops with Charlie and Lola, your child will see how numbers can be used in lots of different contexts. Lola is nine minutes late and it takes eight minutes to find her shoes - and of course there are the birds to count along the way.

This book gives your child the chance to practice quantifying collections and even think like a mathematician as they learn about the fine art of negotiation.

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