Early math learning is fun and easy with our special animal guests! Watch the recorded program to explore patterns and colors with Lita the cheetah and Rainbow the chameleon. Then play with shapes and colors with activities from the National Air and Space Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and more!


Early Math Concepts

Smithsonian Partners:

National Museum of American History, National Air and Space Museum, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden



Classroom Activities

Flamingo Color Mixing

This playful experiment brings color mixing to life as children learn how flamingos get their pink feathers!

Inside a Diamond

Explore shapes with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Learn how to look at an artwork with young children, then create a mosaic using cut-out shapes.

Rocket Shapes

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a rectangle and a triangle! The National Air and Space Museum shows us how to find all our favorite shapes within a rocket! Then create your own colorful rocket out of cut-paper shapes.

Pre-Math Music Playlist

Put on your dancing shoes! It's time to explore pre-math concepts like shapes, colors, and patterns with Nick the Music Man. Nick and our friends at the National Head Start Association put together a playlist of songs inspired by Pre-Math with Cheetahs! 

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