Yesterday, the boys had a holiday from school and so I thought we could play something around ‘math’. Math at this point is very rudimentary of course…we know 1 and many..and of late can work unto counting till 4 by pointing at the objects we are counting. I have not tried going beyond that yet.
Anyway, yesterday, i had kept some egg cartons aside for an art and crafty activity for the kids so decided to use the bottom of the cartons too. For the activity, i took a cupcake baking tray, a box of crayons, the bases of 2 egg cartons and plastic clothes pegs (or clips as we call them). I started by putting a certain number of crayons into the baking tray cup (1,2,3 or 4). Each boy got a turn and had to count the number of crayons and put the corresponding number of pegs/clips onto the egg carton. They enjoyed this and in addition to counting we threw in some fine motor skills. As a variation (or a trick question – which is how i positioned it) i started putting mixed up colours of crayons and then would ask “Sid, how many green crayons in the tray?” (so we got colours too). And to make it more interesting, we moved on to light and dark shades as well.
We also did a very basic intro to addition. So, i started with 2 crayons in one cup on the tray. They put 2 clips/pegs on their egg carton. Now, i told them to leave those there. Then i added 1 more crayon into another cup on the baking tray. They counted that additional 1 and added another clip to the box. Now when we counted they had 3. We did this a few times and then the kids and the crayons got carried away…quite literally. The next thing we knew there were lines and zigzags and complicated “roads” all over the floor in gorgeous wax and oil pastel!
But in all, i think we enjoyed the activity and i plan to play with variants of the same. I was thinking of getting them to count and put pompoms into the egg carton, maybe to leaves and bugs that they can count and put on. Will keep posting!