On Friday’s the kids and I like Math Activities that make the subject alive.
We like to incorporate Math into something tangible that we can see, touch, move and manipulate.
This week the kids were even more excited! They got to eat their math (well, a small piece of it).
Edible Multiplication Activity.
We used jelly beans for today’s math activity with our preschoolers and younger elementary kids. You can also use beads or raisins or any small objects.
Ways to Learn
Skip Counting is the beginning of understanding multiplication. The kids skip counted out their multiplication facts, creating a physical times table that they could see the quantities. They counted out the colors 3 x 3 was three groups of 3 each making nine beans in the cup. We used an egg carton lid to organize our counting.
Multiplication Facts are easy to “get” when your kids can “see” the groups. Your kids can discover what 5 x4 was by creating 4 groups of 5 and then counting out the number of beans that they collected. We used Easter Egg containers to help our kids “group” the beans.
Division seems to be a harder concept for our younger kids to get. So I counted out a pile of beans (ex: 21 beans) and asked them to split them equally into the three containers. After they split the beans up we discussed how 7×3=21 and 21/3 = 7.
Math seems to be more real when the kids are able to tangibly touch and play with the concepts!
They had fun! And it helped that when they were finished, they got to eat a bean or two.