Math learning opportunities are all around us in our regular, daily routine, and I love seeing my daughter discover the wonder of page numbers, subtracting her age from that of her cousins, and learning how to divide her food into fractions. Although she first learned to count in English, between age 2-3, we switched to learning about numbers and math bilingually in English and Mandarin Chinese. Currently, we are mainly discussing math topics in Mandarin at home because it is a minority language for our family. Since we are learning Chinese together, including math vocabulary, I’m grateful for a multitude of Chinese math resources available for our children’s generation.
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15 Math Resources for Children Learning Chinese
In this list, you can find activities, videos, apps, music, and games for preschoolers to elementary school children who want to learn mathematics in Chinese. Resources for elementary-aged kids toward the top and preschoolers toward the bottom. For reference, we have used the hundred chart, Khan Academy videos, Chinese math story books, 思嘉姐姐, and Montessori materials frequently. When my daughter was younger, she also enjoyed the DailyNoodles activity book very much.
1. Chinese Hundred Chart
A Hundred Chart is a Montessori-inspired resource with 100 boxes (10 x 10 squares) to teach number sequencing and patterns. Our free Hundred Chart is versatile and available in Arabic, Chinese, and Korean numerals. Click here to learn 10+ ways to learn with the Hundred Board and download the printable.
2. Khan Academy Mandarin – Chinese Math
Khan Academy is a non-profit organization that provides free, educational resources in numerous subjects and school grades. For Chinese, their YouTube Channel has instructional videos for math only. Currently, Grades 1-5 are available, but please note that the Grade 1 videos begin with basic counting. Below is a preview of the first videos in Grade 1 Math. Click here to see the Chinese Khan Academy YouTube channel.
Please note that Khan Academy also has Singapore math videos, but they are not listed in their playlists. If you’re interested in Singapore math, click here to view Singapore math videos.
3. Junyi Academy – Chinese Math, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, & more
Junyi Academy is an e-learning curriculum that is inspired by Khan academy. Their mission is to provide free resources to improve educational access for children in all communities. Subscribers have access to thousands of videos that they can watch in their own home. Please note that the website is entirely in traditional Chinese. Click here to explore Junyi Academy.
4. Chinese Math Story Books
Stories are a wonderful way for kids to learn how math is intimately intertwined with real life experiences. 数学帮帮忙 Math Matters is a bilingual Chinese/English story book series that my daughter loves! Click here for a detailed review of these math story books!
5. Wooden Montessori Manipulatives
From Jennifer is an amazing shop on Etsy that specializes in high quality wood products for play & learning. We have several of their products including the following:
- 1-10 Number Board (Reversible – Chinese Numerals & Counting). Click here to preview the 1-10 Chinese Number Board!
- 1-10 Number Board (Reversible – Arabic Numerals & Counting). Click here to preview the 1-10 Number Board. Note: We used these colorful 0.4″ pompoms for this number board.
- 11-20 Number Board (Reversible – Arabic Numerals & Counting). Click here to preview the 11-20 Number Board.
- 1-10 Number Tracing Cards. Click here to preview on Etsy.
- Wooden Geometry Cards & Multiplication Circle is a versatile and hands-on way to learn about shapes, patterns, and multiplication. Click here to preview on Etsy.
- Wood Numbers & Math Symbols. Click here to preview on Etsy.
- Wooden Multiplication Hundred Geoboard. Click here to preview on Etsy.
快乐学算术-思嘉姐姐 is a soundtrack focused on numbers that is spoken in Mandarin with rhythm and music in the background. Tracks 2 through 5 help children memorize basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. The rest of the tracks have Chinese nursery rhymes and tongue twisters related to numbers. This soundtrack is one of the few things my daughter requests on replay! Click on the play icon below to preview this catchy Chinese math resource!
7. Edoki Academy App – Montessori Math Box
While I believe that hands-on learning is the best way to learn and we rarely use apps, Edoki’s Montessori Math Box is a decent option for those who are set on using apps. The app comes in multiple languages, and you can select simplified or traditional Chinese. From this app, we learned the Chinese names for pyramid, cone, and other 3 dimensional shapes! The Math Box includes 7 educational apps, and you can preview the app here.
8. 國家教育研究院 National Academy for Educational Research (NAER)
NAER, Taiwan’s agency of the ministry of education, provides free Math worksheets in Chinese. Click here to explore the NAER website.
9. Todo Math App
The Todo Math app has 700+ Math learning games in numerous languages, including simplified Chinese. Click here to preview the app.
10. 2Kids Math App
The 2Kids Math App is another app that is in Chinese. I personally don’t like it as much as Edoki’s Montessori Math Box because of the cartoons, but I’ve heard many other parents give good review about this app. You can preview the app by clicking on the image below.
I highly recommend the Montessori multiplication beads, golden beads, and number cards for learning math. It is a very logical way to build a strong foundation in mathematics. I purchased each of these from Alison’s Montessori, but you can also find them on Amazon or other Montessori stores.
12. DailyNoodles My Fun Chinese Book: Numbers
My Fun Chinese Book: Numbers is a colorful book with 57 pages of activities that introduce numbers 1 to 10 in Chinese. The book includes games, logic puzzles, sorting, comparisons, measuring, pattern recognition and basic addition. Click here for a detailed review of the DailyNoodles My Fun Chinese Book: Numbers.
13. Hands-On Chinese Math Activities from CHALK Academy
CHALK Academy uses art, crafts, and fine-motor activities to teach counting and basic math in Chinese. These activities encourage children to think about numbers and integrate math concepts in a variety of circumstances. Click here to view Chinese number activities.
14. Chinese Counting YouTube Video
For beginners, this video teaches how to count to 100 in Mandarin. The voice is very clear and easy to understand.
15. Printables from Fortune Cookie Mom
For early learners, Fortune Cookie Mom offers two printables from her online store. Click on the images below to learn more.
What are your favorite resources for learning math in Chinese? Please let me know if I should add other Chinese resources to this list!