I thought Domino addition was a good exercise to start with because Ava is able to count up the dots to see how the numbers add up. This exercise is also helping her learn to write her numbers. You can print free Number Handwriting Worksheets from the First-School website for more help.
Subtraction is a harder concept to grasp so we haven't tried this one yet. I think when she gets the hang of addition we will move on to subtraction.
Using a Dollar Tree photo album, I made an Addition and Subtraction work book for Ava.
Then I bought a pack of addition and subtraction flash cards from Dollar Tree and slipped them into the photo sleeves.
Now Ava can use her dry erase pen to work the equations and practice writing her numbers over and over again! It's also a great activity to pack for travel.
MAGNET NUMBER FISHING
I found these magnetic numbers at Walmart for $1.25. I tied a string onto the end of our wooden spatula and attached a paperclip to the end of the string. Ava fished out two numbers and tried to add them together.
I've found that incorporating a fun activity into learning math has made Ava much more interested. And it helps make it more fun for me too!