The holidays are a few months away and I’m already struggling to find something to get the grandkids. I don’t want it to be just another gift. I want something that they will remember came from me and of course, BE FUN!
Math Activities Kit made by GG!
So, this year I decided to make “Fun Kits” that would support learning and of course full of GG/grandkid FUN! I chose to make it portable to travel back and forth between our homes. I also wanted to keep the cost under $10 so that teachers, parents and other GG’s could make their own! So, off I went to the Dollar Store, full of optimism and a $10 bill to create the perfect Christmas gift. The Result My First Fun Kit: Math!
Recently I was driving home with my granddaughter, who just started kindergarten. To help distract her on our long ride, I thought it would be fun to count to 100 and see how long it would be before we saw our house. When we got into the 50s she informed me she wasn’t very good at the higher numbers. Ah, a challenge for GG!
So, for her next visit I downloaded a 100 chart to help her develop an understanding of numbers. A hundred chart is an easy way to do fun math without lots of preparation. A 100 chart can easily be found online. I was ready for an exciting game of 100 chart BINGO.
Let the game begin!
After about 10 numbers, I realized her focus was more on the purple butterfly tokens we were using to cover the numbers rather than the numbers themselves. A good early childhood teachers knows to keep a lesson focused, short and fun. That day Miss M did not think my 100s chart game was any of the three. So, the hundred (100) chart game will wait for another day.
Kindergarten Concepts to Review Using a 100s Chart
One to one correspondence(be sure to point to each number)
Practice counting forwards
Practice counting backwards
Examples of 100s Chart Games
Find the number
Count off the days
Numbers are symbols for amounts
Ordinal numbers (first, second, third etc.)
Roll a die(1) or dice(2) and move that number of boxes on the chart.
Remember the fun is in the journey. Enjoy the moment !