Counting Even & Odd Numbers

Some math concepts can be tricky for young children to grasp, but even and odd numbers can be taught relatively easily. Here are a few activities you can do to support this skill at home.

Age-appropriate Adaptations:

  • Two-year-olds—Play a fun counting game that reinforces this skill by changing the way you count. To play the game, the next time you count together whisper the odd numbers and shout the even numbers. Your child will love this silly way of counting and he will more easily remember which numbers are even and which are odd.
  • Three-year-olds—Sort a set of toys, such as cars, dolls, LEGOs, or stuffed animals, into pairs. If each toy has a pair, the total number is even and your child can count by 2 to get the total number of toys. If one toy doesn’t have a pair, it is the odd one out and the total number is odd. To get the total, your child can count all the pairs by 2 and then add 1 more for the extra toy. As your child starts to grasp the concept, have her sort another type of toy into pairs and identify if the total number is even or odd by looking at the pairs to see if there’s an odd one out before counting.
  • Four-/Five-year-olds—Play a game of dominoes or a board game that uses dice. Each time the dice is rolled or a domino is played, encourage your child to count the dots. See if there is an ‘odd dot out,’ making the total odd, or if there is an even number of dots.

Skills Supported: counting, skip counting, identifying even and odd numbers, quiet and loud sounds