Chalk hopscotch

It has been a wet early spring but finally we have a math session outside.  How I have waited for this!

This was a session where I had too much to do to take pictures, but counting aloud in hopscotch is not an original idea and there are lots of other sources, in particular homeschool blogs, who link this classic game to math.

An example from The Home School Den on Parents.com

An example from The Home School Den on Parents.com

The slightly obnoxious but nevertheless educational Let’s Play Today has this video:

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Race Car Math: Counting and Number Recognition Activity for Preschoolers – Frugal Fun For Boys

This was fun!  I’m a fan of the blog Frugal Fun for Boys and knew I had to try their race car math.  This was a very involved activity for my group and we did a scaled-down version of the activity in which each kid got two cars assigned by me and let them roll down my cardboard ramp onto the floor to see how far they would go.  We measured some times but not all as there was as much learning going on in the standing-in-line and taking turns department as in math.

Ideally, have two cars of the same color if children have difficulty remembering which number car they we assigned.

Materials
Two cars per child
masking tape and permanent marker for race numbers
squares of paper for drawing numbers
Ramp: cardboard or PVC tubing
Clipboard, paper and pencil

Original idea:

Race Car Math: Counting and Number Recognition Activity for Preschoolers – Frugal Fun For Boys.

via Race Car Math: Counting and Number Recognition Activity for Preschoolers – Frugal Fun For Boys.