It’s not just a beginning math activity. Your child will be using fine motor skills and practicing color recognition! It’s perfect for toddlers who just like putting things in and out. If you are teaching several different ages, this beginning math activity will keep your younger children busy while you teach the older ones.
My kids love pom-poms and I had leftover coffee cans so I just put the two together. My two-year-old is learning his colors so I started to make this up for him. I took the Lid of the coffee can and poked some holes in the top. I made them a little bit smaller than the pom-poms. Then, I outlined the holes with colored markers to match the colors of the pom-poms. Now my toddler can match the colors and poke the pom-poms through the holes.
Since the holes are a little smaller and it takes him a little bit to getting to the pom-poms in. After he was done putting the pom-poms in, he saw that when I took off the lid they reappeared again. He was so excited! And so was I because that gave me the idea that I could use this activity for my kindergartner who is learning addition. I could turn this into a math sheet machine!
So, I made some flashcards for her with simple addition problems on them. She put the different colored pom-poms into the can according to what the problem was on the card. When she opened the can she would have the answer to her addition problem! This gave her a way to check her answers so she would have fun putting the problems to memory even if she knew or didn’t know what the answer was.
I love this because there are just so many different applications and it helps strengthen fingers for writing and drawing. The best part is when you get to open the can and dump all the Pom-poms out. It’s like a learning party!
So recycling and math meet in a multi age level activity. So much fun! What do you think? Would your child like this activity?
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