Last week our family did our first grocery trip of our no spend month and we had all agreed that we would only buy what was on the list, so I made sure to put a couple small treats that we don’t normally get on the list. The first of those treats was a box of generic Fruit Loops.
I am all about stretching a dollar and I couldn’t help but wonder, “how much could we do with a single box of generic Fruit Loop cereal?”
We had a ton of fun answering that question!
Here’s what we came up with…
About a year ago I came across the idea of “math munchers” on Maisy Flops and Dollipops, I knew at the time we’d eventually get around to making a set of our own. Eventually came last week.
Its a simple project requiring only popsicle sticks, paint, glue, and googly eyes. (Masking tape and clear packaging tape optional for making teeth.)
This past autumn I came across this idea on I Can Teach My Child to use pool noodles for lacing and number sequencing practice. Unfortunately at the time pool noodles just were no where to be found, so I waited all these many months for pool noodles to be in season again, and in that time I’ve come across several other cool ideas (like a giant abacus from Growing Play and a math themed bath from Bath Activities for Kids) that I just couldn’t wait to try.
Well today I finally got my hands on some pool noodles, and this is what resulted:
LittleMan is no stranger to the concept of measurements. He’s been working with the differences in cups, tablespoons, and teaspoons since he was 2 years old. He’s been talked to about measurements of time (minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, years, etc..) since he was 3 years old. Today was his first introduction into measurements of length or distance.
In order to make the concept of measuring more appealing, we started off using two things which LittleMan is very fond of: candy and space.
Ever have one of those days where everything goes wrong from the moment you roll out of bed? (Of course you have, everyone has.) Well, LittleMan was having that kind of day today. So by the time his breakfast was finally eaten, morning chores were suffered through, and he begrudgingly sat down to complete his lessons, he was ready for something -anything- to turn his day around. Luckily we had a bag of gummy bears in our candy stash.
In my previous post , I mentioned my box system for completing lessons with my son. Its quite simple actually, I simply have velcro numbers which attach to the side of each box and as my son completes the lesson in the box, he removes the velcro number and adheres it to a chart on the wall. I have 10 boxes however I don’t actually need 10, I just like to have more than I need. Usually we do 4-6 boxes a day, each box takes no less than 5 minutes to complete, no more than 20. Some boxes he can complete on his own, giving me time to tend to SunnyGirl, other boxes require my participation. The following is a compiled list of examples, lessons I have used in our box system.