Monday, August 6, 2007

Math Fun

Macaroni Math: My small children really enjoy playing with a few handfuls of dried macaroni noodles. We sit on the floor and each start with the same number of noodles. Then I create little "word problems" by having the children hand a certain amount to a different person and figure out how many are left. You can also have an extra pile in the middle from which the children can take a certain number to add to their pile, etc. (Anonymous)


Hundreds Chart with Dice: You can make a simple hundreds chart on a 10x10 graph and number the boxes from one to one hundred. This is a good visual chart (especially around the kindergarten age) when children are beginning to connect the concept of numbers with written numbers. My children have all enjoyed rolling a dice and moving an object along the hundreds chart as a little counting game. (Anonymous)


Learning fractions and decimals with real money: Children often enjoy learning about simple fractions (1/2, 1/4 etc.) and decimals by playing with real coins. They can set up piles of different coins that are equal to each other, practice counting by 5s and 10s with nickels and dimes, and lots more. (Anonymous)


Math in the Morning: Try doing math while cuddling in bed in the morning - no paper, no blackboard, but just through images in your minds. (Lory from WI)

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