Math is all around us. Every day as children play they are using mathematics without even realizing it. Ask yourself these questions: At the grocery store, do they want to play with the scales? At home, do they like to pour water in and out of cups? Do they like to stack pots and pans? Sort things? Do they like to count their toys, their friends, or just about anything? You probably answered yes to many of these questions. These and many more everyday activities build your children's growing understanding of mathematics. Flashcards, board games and counters are some familiar early learning toys that all emphasize your students' natural desire to count.