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 →

Mixing sidewalk paint.

Mix water, food coloring, and flour to make sidewalk paint. I was inspired by my kids' "color equations" and a recipe for sidewalk chalk paint. Why not get them to actually mix color? Task Supplies: - Food coloring (red, yellow, blue), - a tablespoon, - water, - cornstarch (or flour), - 6 small bowls (~4... Continue Reading →

Domino tiling.

What can you cover with dominoes? Task Supplies: a coin, dominoes, a chessboard, and masking tape. If you don't have dominoes, cut out rectangles that would cover two squares of the chessboard. Preparation: use the masking tape to select a smaller part of the chessboard. Start with putting tape around 3x3 square. What to do:... Continue Reading →

Measuring.

We take containers all around the house and see which containers can hold more water. I think Nia is getting tired of counting things. The kids will love this one because they get to use the kitchen sink and play with water. Please keep the information for later activities (I am looking for a 3oz,... 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 →

Outfits.

Figure out how many different outfits you can have! Task Supplies: three t-shirts, three pairs of pants, a few pairs of shoes. What to do: 1) starting with three t-shirts and two pairs of pants (or two t-shirts and two pairs of pants if your child is young), ask your child how many different outfits... Continue Reading →

Word play.

Find the word that is "more" than the given one. Bel has been pointing out homonyms since the activity we did yesterday. They came up with a few more examples at dinner - and wanted more games with words. This one is comes from Math Circles for Elementary School Students. Task No supply needed. What... 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 →

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