Prime numbers.

We take 1 block, 2 blocks, 3 blocks, 4 blocks, ... all the way to 12 blocks, and see which number can be made into different flat rectangles. Task Supplies: 12 cubes or blocks of the same dimension What to do: Give your child a number of blocks (I like to go in order and... Continue Reading →

5 choose 2.

Figure out how many ways we can put two balls in 5 spaces. This activity is taken from Math From Three to Seven. Task 1 Supplies: 30 pennies and 20 dimes. Or you can also have 30 objects of one color and 20 of another color (beads, pegs, etc.). What to do: - Invite your... Continue Reading →

Dienes shapes and Cuisenaire rods.

Figure out and count how many ways to get to 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. This activity is a precursor to Pascal's triangle. There are lots of activities with Cuisenaire Rods online. I couldn't find free downloadable templates so I made my own. The smaller ones are 1in by 1in. Here is a printable... Continue Reading →

Foot parade.

Gather all your stuffed animals, dolls, and superheroes to make a parade! This activity is adapted from https://www.youcubed.org/. Task Supplies: either print out the animal cards from the link above OR draw your own animal on cards OR get your favorite stuffed animals and animal figurines, dolls, superheroes. You will need some animal with one... Continue Reading →

Rolling two dice. Part 1

This activity is a game with two dice as an intro to probability. The activity was taken from Math from Three to Seven (again) Task 1 Supplies/Preparation: Two dice and prepare a game board by drawing an 8x15 table (or print out the one in the download). Label the bottom row with numbers from 1... Continue Reading →

Pigeonhole

How many socks do you need to pull out of the drawer to get a pair? This activity is inspired by Math from Three to Seven by Alexander Zvonkin Task: 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.... Continue Reading →

Hide it!

Figure out how many cubes are hidden under a cup. This activity is a variation and extension of Snap it! Instead of hiding the pieces of cubes, beads, etc. behind the back, we will hide them under a cup. Original task: Supplies: Interlocking cubes or beads, two cups (non see-through) turned upside down. What to... Continue Reading →

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