This activity is inspired by Math from Three to Seven by Alexander Zvonkin
Supplies: A fabric bag (not see-through) and 3 yellow, 3 red, 3 blue, and 3 green cubes or beads.
What to do: Tell a story. A man has two pairs of socks in his drawer but the light is out and he can't see anything (put 2 yellow and 2 red cubes in the bag). He is in a hurry and needs a pair of matching socks where he is going. Let the each kid pull out cubes one at a time until they have a matching pair and discuss - how many sock(s) would definitely not give a match - how many socks to pull out to maybe have a match - how many socks to pull out to definitely have a match Repeat the task with 3 pairs, then 4 pairs. What if the man was a three-legged man?
“A man climbed up to the fifth floor and then climbed the same number of floors up. What floor is he now on?”
(it is not the 10th floor)