MILO & Friends promotes early math learning for kids ages 2 - 5. Discover why early math is important and where to begin.

Early math scores predict future success

Across multiple studies, Kindergarten math entry scores were the strongest predictor of academic and career achievement. Early math skills were stronger predictors than any other variable, including early reading scores, attention skills, socioemotional behaviors, SES, and gender.

Talking to kids about math mediates gaps

Studies show that caregivers' spatial language predicts math entry scores for students entering kindergarten. However, 93% of caregivers say they don't have the knowledge or resources to do math with kids ages 0-5. Even small changes in how we talk to children can help.

Math with toddlers can be simple and fun

Everyday activities can become math learning for young kids. Sort and count things like toys and snacks. Compare differences in size in the objects around you. Identify shapes and count how many you see. For more ideas about how to practice math with kids explore the resources on this page.

Early Math at Home

Download and print some conversation cards and start talking about simple math concepts at home.



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The MILO and Friends project is in collaboration with the ELLO (Everyday Language & Learning Opportunities) and Friends project. Visit for more information. 

Resources for Parents and Caregivers


Wheeler Farm

Learn early math lessons with your young children as you explore Wheeler Farm! Look for signs along the pathways and by the animals, and try the activities with your 2-4 year olds.

In partnership with: 

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Take the MILO & Friends Wheeler Farm survey


Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

Go on a scavenger hunt to find animals and learn early math lessons with your 0-5-year-old as you explore the Aquarium. 

In partnership with: 

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Take the Aquarium MILO & Friends survey


Math Games

Playing board games like "Happy Bunny" with your child, aged 2 and up, can help them learn a variety of early math skills. If you would like more information about math-focused games, contact us.

Clarence Ames, Research and Implementation Manager at

Happy Bunny game Conversation Cards

STEM Action Center Math Board Games List

KSL News story on math games


Utah STEM Action Center
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