# How to Teach Maths With Picture Books

Even though story time is about words and language, you’d be surprised how much kids can learn about maths from picture books. So for the second post in The Story Time Series, I’m excited to share my top four ways to teach maths with picture books.

And if you want to check out the other posts in the Story Time Series, go here.

IDEA 1: Counting Practice

Ask the kids to count! It’s so simple and effective. Simply choose something on each page or every other page and ask the kids to count them.

‘How many flowers do you see?’, 'How many cows are in front of the house and how many are behind it?’

Counting books are the obvious choice for this, but I prefer to incorporate counting into story picture books so the kids get some counting practice but also get a story. On any page of any picture book, there will always be something to count!

IDEA 2: Teach Subtraction

Use the following steps to introduce and discuss the concept of subtraction:

1. Ask the kids to count a set of something (flowers, trees, sheep—whatever is on the page).
2. Cover some of the items with your hand.
3. Ask them to count the items left.

Use the following steps to introduce and discuss the concept of addition:

1. Choose a page with a group of things on it.
2. Cover some of those things and ask the kids to count what they see.
3. Take away your hand and get them to count again.