This is one of my Evan and Carter's favorite books! Evan and I read it non-stop before Carter came into our lives. I read it to Evan because of the math (after all I was a math teacher-geeze) but Carter just absolutely LOVES this book, and I didn't really make a big deal over it with him as I did with Evan. It has become a mandatory read every day. When I read it to Carter, I usually trace around each shape with my finger, while I am reading. As of the last week or so, he has started to do the same thing with his finger as I read. *Side note - we pulled into Target the other day and when he saw the sign he said two things: "Target" and "circle". So it is never too early to start basic math skills!
I mentioned awhile ago, that Evan has become obsessed with "taking pictures". He will either follow me around with our old 35mm camera or with our (now deceased) digital camera - he didn't break it, I did - and take pictures of things that he finds interesting. This whole scenario reminded me of an activity I did with my 5th graders that I have now started to do with Evan.
It is very difficult for young children to connect mathematics with the natural world around them. This activity connects geometry with everyday surroundings. When I take the boys on walks, I let Evan take the camera, I suggest finding something during our walk in the form a any given shape. Because of his age, I focus on just one shape. Circles are the easiest to start with because they seem to be everywhere in nature.
When he finds that shape, he will take a picture of it! Now granted most of the pictures he takes are out of focus, so I usually have to discreetly take the camera and take a picture of what he just took a picture of, so that we can look at them when we get home.
Not only is this a fun activity for a child to do, but it shows Evan that math IS everywhere and it is a great review of geometrical principles.
If your child is older and has mastered the 2-dimensional shapes, there are more geometrical concepts that can be used, such as (but not limited too):
- 3-dimensional shapes
- angles (right, obtuse, acute, straight)
- lines - parallel and perpendicular
Here are a few pics of shapes he took recently. More to come when he masters the art of focus and I buy him a camera that I won't mind him carrying around :-)!
Now it's your turn! Are there any fun math activities you do with you preschoolers? I would LOVE to hear what you have tried!
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