Saturday, April 14, 2012

Math Drills (A To Z Challenge)

Math is one of our favorites, and to show you why we've put together an entire list of math ideas! Here are 5 of our all time favorite math and memory games! Be sure to leave us a comment and let us know which one looks funnest to you!

1. Skittles Math 
Open a bag of Skittles and poor them onto a plate. Sort them out based on color, then count them to see which color you got the most of! You can add the red ones and the yellow ones, or any two groups of colors. Subtract the same way, or have them sort and add the ones that landed face up (with the S) or face down.

2. Puzzle Races
Even though my children are a year and a half apart they love to compete. Put down 2 puzzles taken apart and let them race to see who get's finished first! You can also race against a timer. Doing puzzles is a great pre-math skill!

3. String Bar Graphs 
Make a short list of numbers lines. Such as 4 blue, 2 red, and 3 green. Then have the kids string 4 blue beads on a string. Then 2 red beads on a different string, and 3 green beads on a third string. Lay them out. You created a bar graph using beads!

4. Measuring 
Do a baking project such as chocolate chip cookies and talk about fractions. Show what 1 cup is. Now use what is half of a cup? What about one third? Measuring is a wonderful non-stressful way to introduce fractions even at an early age!

5. Counting Letters & Syllables 
Show the children flash cards of any site words they are working on at the moment.  Have them count how many letters are int he word. How many syllables are in the word. How many vowels? Great Englishand math practice all in one!

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1 comment:

  1. Yay! Someone who likes math! It seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it subject, but sounds like you have some wonderful methods for swaying people into the former camp.