Sunday, October 31, 2010
Math ideas for Preschool/Kindergarten Age: What to do with a set of 1-20 numbers
After making our heart-shaped sunbutter cup treats, I was inspired to cut some heart shapes out of Model Magic for an upcoming playdate this week (our theme is "H," so we used a cookie cutter to cut a bunch of heart shapes out of clay, poked holes in them, and the kids can paint/glitter glue them to decorate and then string them to make bracelets). If you haven't used Model Magic before, give it a try! It dries to a nice solid, slightly spongy consistency that can be painted or written on, and the finished product doesn't dry out and crack the way finished play-doh creations do. We love it for Christmas ornaments and homemade handprints. Anyway, I may have just gone a little bit overboard with the leftover clay...
I decided to make a set of 1-20 numbers (as well as +, -, and =) for each of the kids. Later that day, once the Model Magic had dried, the Bibliophile and I had fun playing with his set. Of course, this could be done with numbers on paper, bottlecaps, stickers, etc. - I'm pretty sure we have a wooden set of numbers from the dollar store around here somewhere - but the novelty of the clay numbers seemed to capture his interest nicely.
Here are 5 ideas of what you can do with a set of 20 numbers:
Another idea would be to put a few objects out (i.e. five cotton balls) and have the child match the right number to the set.
I will be linking this post up with Math Monday and Carnival of Play.
Comment! Do you have other ideas to share about what we could do with these numbers?
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