Nickelodeon's Team UmiZoomi has created a set of Math kits designed to help lay the groundwork for preschool math skills.

We had a chance to review the UmiZoomi: Sorting, Classification, and Reasoning Kit.

The kit contains:

- 48-page workbook that amplifies the curriculum covered in each episode, setting up problems and providing opportunities for practice and repetition
- 24-page storybook that invites kids to join Team Umizoomi on a math adventure
- 24 Mighty Math Mission Cards - portable cards that provide math-based challenges for kids
- 48-page activity book that reinforces math skills through simple games and activities
*Team Umizoomi*episode on DVD- Pencil case, pencils, and eraser

The first thing my daughter wanted out of this set was the pencils. She got busy sharpening them and then wanted to get right to work. She breezed through the workbook and felt really good about "how good she was at math."

Whenever you can make learning fun and encouraging - you're on the right track. The DVD and storybook are a nice touch and could even be used as a reward for successful workbook completion.

I would recommend this set for the 3-5 year old range. You would get a lot of mileage out of the Math Mission cards in the 2-5 year old segment and they lay a great foundation for "critical thinking." Plus they are fun.

My almost 7 year old rolled his eyes and declared the set to be "babyish" and "baby math." How soon they forget the level they were once reading, computing, etc.

All-in-all this is a nice set full of fun

__and__learning. Want to try it for your preschooler? Nickelodeon is giving one Suburban Jungle reader a Team Umizoomi Preschool Math kit.**To Enter:**Leave a comment sharing your best tip for teaching a child to love math.

**Extra Entries:**Leave 2 Extra comments if you share this contest on twitter, facebook, or your blog. You may earn up to 6 extra entries.

*This contest will end on August 24, 2011 at 9:00 PM EST. This contest is open to US residents 18 years of age or older. The winner will be selected by random.org and notified by email. No compensation was received for this post. I did receive a complimentary math kit for review purposes.

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I count everytjing with my son..count dishes on table as we set table, toys we put away, etcc... I make it a game all the time. erinnsluka@gmail.com

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Count everything! How many ponies she has, how many people are ahead of us, etc.

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We like to count cheerios! Or any other food.haha.

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My son already loves math, he enjoys doing quick addition drills and me telling him how smart he is :) He is 5-almost 6

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I think that if you incorporate Math conversations into your child'f life they will always have an understanding and a appreciation for it.

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make it fun - we play math games and my four year old is pretty good at counting, adding and subtracting now

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BE PATIENT, BE PATIENT AND THEN BE MORE PATIENT

Pratice counting in everyday things we do.. it may be counting socks, crayons etc.

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I try to make math fun for my son. We count everything and make it into silly games. He loves it!

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i have been doing "homeschool preschool" with my now 3 1/2 year old for a year now, and he loves math activities---because they are like games! there are so many fun graphing and shape activities you can do that teach the math concepts in a fun way!! he would love this team umizoomi set!

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My best tip is to count everything. Repetition is a great tool. I count forwards and backwards with my son also.

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We integrate math into every day life experiences, such as cooking, shopping, sharing, etc.

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My best tip is to play with the child while teaching the child to love math. helenkeeler@comcast.net

My daughter count the steps whenever we use the stairs .

we count food bites at dinner, it works so well!!

Buy fun math activity books and reinforce hard work with little prizes like stickers and treats! Lots of cheering on, too!

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When we play games we do alot of counting, adding and subtracting. Also, we incorporated math into our daily activities, such as counting how many blueberries we picked then how many we ate.

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We have found that counting money helps my granddaughter the most with math....she loves money. lol

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Great giveaway! I am just starting to work on math things with my 4 year old and she loves Umizoomi! Thanks!

We count every thing. Even when we are playing with Trio blocks. When we are at the grocery store, we count the lane numbers.

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counting everything even wen eating vegetable or fruits

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math is a daily thing. measure the cheerios, how many shoes do you have? how tall is mommy? these things are part of natural learning

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use objects he can relate to

We count things all the time making a game of it, like shells we've found, cans on a store shelf. For the older kids I let them help with baking using the measuring cup.

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my daughter counts everything. when we go shopping she always looks at the number of the parking aisle we go down and counts the number of cars between us and the entrance. i never lose my car anymroe

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Me and son like to try and count everything we see. He is three and he will tell me colors shapes what a red octagon stands for and will count train carts as they go by.

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Lately, we're working on writing the letters...not much in the way of math? No way! We review which letters she did really well after she's finished and count the good ones together. Then, we do a second count with mini M&Ms...needless to say, she loves it! She also loves working on addition with a felt ladybug. She adds up both sides of dots.

I use the things my son loves to incorporate math concepts. We especially love to use his trains and cars to practice adding and subtracting.

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As with most things - you need to make it interesting and show them how it applies to their daily life

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The Skittles before we eat them, the eggs in the cookies we bake, chocolate chips etc.

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Our best tip is to be consistent and connect math with every day life. Both my husband and I teach our 3yo basic math skills by finding opportunities throughout the day to use whatever is of interest to her at the moment (ie: markers, books, stuffed animals, bath toys, silly bandz, hair clips, blueberries - anything!) to practice counting, adding and subtracting.

We make math into games. we count out loud. We practice lining up things, taking some away, and counting them again. We also practice sorting and grouping like objects.

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Use fun objects to do math with (candy, toys, etc.)

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I think making math hands on when children are young makes it lots of fun

make it fun and incorporate it into everyday life. When you are out count cars, and let them help figuring out how much money they have if they have an allowance. eaglesforjack@gmail.com

Start early and count everything out loud even when they are babies.

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use stuff like candy they can eat when done as a reward =D

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i used to love in first grade learning money. we had a pretend store which we can buy peeps and other things

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Figuring out how much something costs when it's on sale and when we can save with coupons at the grocery store is fun and educational! glasskey@aol.com

my tip is to play cards with them eg cribbage

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Count all they things around them that they like...toys, food, letters in their name, etc. Thanks!

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My secret are M&M's to help them with counting, adding and subtracting

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We count everything. Whether it be counting out crackers for snack or counting to make sure we have enough coins at the store. We love to count in this family.

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make math fun, we use it when we are at the grocery store and other fun things like that

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we make it fun by counting fun stuff

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We play math games everyday, we count the farm animals in books, we also play different math games while playing outside!

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My son is apraxic. He is non verbal and also has sensory issues and muscle issues. Teaching his is very hard. We just learned to count to 5 and he is 4 years old. We watch Umi Zoomi everyday and do worksheets that he finds fun. I would really love to win this for him as our stores do not carry it.

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My daughter is motivated by math games on the Ipad.

Let the child use an abacus instead of a calculator!

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We found that because kids love money, if we talk about math in terms of money we've got them hooked!

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Make math relevant to what they are doing. Take a sandwich (1) cut it in half (2 halves) and show how they go back together to make 1. Count out 3 oranges and 2 apples and together you have 5 fruits.

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Thank you for your comments! I appreciate all your tips, advice, and well wishes!

Angela