They wake up in the morning: first thing play. Eat something for breakfast. Play some more. Snack. Play more. "Can we go outside and play?"
"Quit playing it's time to come in for a lunch!"
[Tip play them hard, fill their bellies THEN nap time is easy.]
"But we wanna play!"
Read them a math story...maybe, there are plenty of them. "Ten Apples Up On Top" comes to mind but there are many more. Naps. Ahh, blessed silence! But as soon as they wake up: play time.
Play more in the bathtub or shower.
Grooming. Brush teeth. Comb hair. Bedtime. Another story.
Eat Sleep Math.
You don't do math ALL the time. Just some of the time, and anytime is fine. Once or twice a day for just a few minutes. they are just natural everyday activities, that can easily and painlessly be converted into everyday MATH activities.
Just play with blocks and have fun. You don't even have to be there. Soon there will be math DVD's where you just pop in a DVD and let the kids play along with their blocks. Meantime just let them PLAY.
I'm not saying just letting them play with the blocks will teach them all the math they need, but it will help them internalize concepts and make math easier when it is time for a "formal" math lesson but don't miss the point the point is to have fun and play. Learn by playing...
Picking and juicing oranges,
or picking out oranges at the store and then cutting them up at home...math. Picking fruit is an everyday math activity for some people who live in more tropical climes...you can easily do some math while you do.
It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them. -Leo Buscaglia, author (1924-1998)