6 Activities for Learning Math through Play & Toys

6 Activities for Learning Math through Play & Toys


Hi my name is Samia from Arabian child
and today we’re going to be talking about six activities that you can play
with your children to learn math through play and for the games today I’m going
to be using some cute little bears and chairs but you don’t have to use bears
and chairs you can use anything that you have at home
or especially toys that your children like for example little cars or even if
you’re playing outside you can use rocks or shells The first game is called same
or, different hold up a bear for your child and ask them to give you something
that is the same now they might give you a similar bear but then you can explore
together and investigate what’s the same and what’s different about the two
things that they gave you so they’re similar in shape but they’re different
in color, now the same activity can also be done by chairs discussing the two
colors but they are both the same shape but if you look closely and if you grow
their investigative process you can see that the backs of the chair are
different, explore together other things that are same and different The second activity that we’re going to
do is a matching activity, so set out the same number of chairs as you have bears
and ask your child to match each bear to a chair and see if they can match each
bear to a similar color or to a different color, the second thing you can
do is try to match bears together and chair separately, now you don’t have to
use these chairs you can also print out your own copy of a chair and laminate it.
Another way to do matching is to take away one of the chairs and then ask them
to match each bear to a chair. See what your child does with the remaining bear,
they might request an additional chair or they might give you the additional
bear back to you. The third activity that we’re going to play is a sorting
activity so for this you need a group of bears a group of chairs and two cards
that are laminated one with a red bear and one with a blue bear and these cards
help your children learn about sorting concept and then as they develop the
skill of sorting you can remove these cards and do the sorting without them. So
first we’re going to ask them to sort all of the red bears on the red card
and all of the blue bears on the blue card. Once they have mastered that you
can move on to something else so you can sort by color so you can sort
all of the blue things separately and you can sort all of the red separately.
Once they’ve mastered that you can now sort at two levels so by shape and by
color so for example sorting all of the blue and then sorting the shapes the
chairs and the bear separately and then sorting all of the red and sorting the
chairs and the Bears seperate The fourth activity that you can do with
your children is comparing. Now these concepts need to be developed throughout
the day for examples you could read lots of books about concepts that show you
big, small, narrow or wide and then you can bring those concepts into activities
like these now for these you’ll need bears of three different shapes or sizes
there’s a large bear, a medium bear and a small bear so you can practice with your
children the concepts of big, medium and small or short, taller and tallest now
another thing you can compare is compare in numbers for example are these less or
more than this number of bears that are available, are these chairs enough to
hold all of the Bears that want to sit in them, use different concepts to
practice comparing The fifth activity that you can do with
your children is ordering, now for this you need a group of bears and chairs and
start putting them in an order so for example a green bear, a yellow bear, a
green bear and then see if you can child can figure out what goes next so next is
the yellow bear and then practice counting in the order so 1st, 2nd, 3rd and
4th instead of the chairs in a similar fashion and ask your children to put the
first bear on the first chair or the last bear on the second chair practice
ordering with your children. The sixth activity that you can do with your
children is counting, for this activity you’ll need a group of bears and a group
of chairs and practice counting with your children its usual that as children
develop the skill of counting it first starts out as road counting because they
learn it like a song 1 2 3 4 5 6 but then as they progress you need to
practice 1 2 1 counting so for that you can actually touch each bear as you
count so 1 2 3 so that they develop the concept of the number, as you move on and
you can make it more difficult, practice taking a group of chairs and ask them if
they’re enough for the group of bears Ask them to make a group of two chairs
and see if they can do that. Practice counting with your children
the cute little bears and chairs that I was using today are from a company
called developmental math and it’s called bears and chairs, for more
activities for learning math and play you can look at the SmartStart book
or the SmartStart home educational program available from Arabian child,
Thank You.

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