Clean Up, Up, Up!

Storytelling Math Bilingual Book

Through this playful story, part of the Small Talk Books® series, parents and caregivers are shown how everyday activities offer rich opportunities to teach early spatial math concepts and how math is part of our lives. Available in English and Spanish.

Clean Up, Up, Up! / ¡Arriba, arriba, arriba a limpiar!
It is cleanup time, and Daddy and his little one are putting away books, blocks, teddy bears, and train cars, washing hands, and preparing for dinner all while having fun with math! As Daddy talks with his toddler, he uses spatial-relationship math words and phrases like up, down, inside, outside, next to, and under to reinforce his young learner’s understanding. When it is dinnertime, the little one proudly demonstrates an understanding of down when helping to set the table and up while enjoying the first delicious bite!

This material is based upon work supported in part by TERC under a grant from the Heising-Simons Foundation.