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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Playground Math Fun

Math on the Playground (Welcome Books: Math in My World)

Today my kindergarten class went out to the playground and measured various items.  The children got to pick 4 things of their choosing to measure.  For example: the length of the slide, the distance from the playground to the trikes, the perimeter of the fence line.

The excitement was contagious.  You could see kids scattered around using their feet to measure everything.

The next time you head out to the playground with you family consider the following ideas:
  • locate shapes and keep a count of how many of each you see... tallies are a great way to do this
  • practice jumping rope while reciting skipping rhymes... Cinderella dressed in yella went upstairs to kiss a fella.  Made a mistake.  Kissed a snake.  How many doctors did it take? 1, 2, 3....
  • using a seesaw or homemade balance scale to determine which object is heavier... Place an object on either end of the balance scale.  The side that goes UP is lighter.  The side that goes DOWN is heavier.
How can you use math on the playground?

What ideas do you have for math time fun?

1 comment:

  1. Ithink at any age, kids love measuring stuff! What great, fun ideas! Beautiful Natural Simplicity of Math!

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