Babies doing math? That’s right! The roots of early math skills begin developing from birth, through babies’ everyday play and interactions with parents and caregivers. These early math skills have a big impact on children’s school readiness—in fact, research has found that a strong understanding of early math concepts predicts both a child’s future math and literacy skills.

The great news is that math is all around us. Check out our new resources for simple ways to introduce early math concepts to your child during everyday activities. 

Let's Talk About STEM Video Series

ZERO TO THREE and Too Small to Fail have partnered to develop a series of videos highlighting the development of STEM skills in the first five years of life.

Everyday Fun With Engineering and Technology

From birth to five, children develop an understanding of engineering and technology as they:

Watch the video (English | Spanish) or download our handout (English | Spanish) with fun activities designed to support young children’s growing knowledge of engineering and technology from birth to five.

Everyday Fun With Science

Young children, from birth to age five, are naturally curious about science. In the early years, children use scientific practices like:

Watch the video (English | Spanish) or download our handout (English | Spanish) with fun activities designed to support young children’s growing knowledge of science from birth to five.

Let's Talk, Read and Sing About STEM!

Too Small to Fail partnered with The U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Health and Human Services (HHS) on a set of early science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) resources for families and educators of young children. The “Let’s Talk, Read and Sing About STEM!” resources provide fun, concrete tips for families, caregivers, and early educators on easy ways to incorporate STEM concepts and vocabulary into everyday routines, and suggestions for activities to engage young children in STEM learning. 


Let's Talk About Math Video Series

Too Small to Fail partnered with ZERO TO THREE on a series of videos (in English and Spanish) highlighting the foundation of early math skills in the first five years of life, and fun, everyday activities parents and caregivers can use to support this learning. Each video focuses and a specific math concept. 

Everyday Fun With Addition and Subtraction

An early understanding of addition and subtraction can be seen when children experiment with:

Watch the video or download our handout with fun activities designed to support young children’s growing knowledge of addition and subtraction from birth to 5.

Everyday Fun With Measurement

Children develop an early understanding of measurement by learning about:

Watch the video or download our handout with fun activities to support young children's growing measurement skills.

Everyday Fun With Patterns

Pattern awareness emerges as children explore:

Watch the video or download our handout with activities about patterns.

Everyday Fun With Shapes

Shape awareness is an understanding of:

Watch the video or download our handout with activities about shapes.


Everyday Fun With Spatial Awareness

Children learn spacial awareness skills as they explore and learn to talk about:

Watch the video or download our handout with spacial awareness activities.


Everyday Fun With Counting

Your child learns about counting by:

Watch the video or download our handout with counting activities.

Let's Talk About Math Highlights Guide

Too Small to Fail partnered with Highlights on a resource kit with easy, fun ways to incorporate math conversations and exercises into everyday conversation. 

Download the guide in English or Spanish.