Monday, 12 January 2015

Winter Activities for Kids: Premath and prewriting practice

Today, I am sharing a very simple and fun way to work on writing, math, and more with your toddlers and preschoolers! 



I have been meaning to present a salt tray to Mr. Toddler for quite some time, but I always forget to buy the cheapo ground salt at the grocery store. However, we have leftover flour that I use for occasional birthday party baking sitting in the pantry so I created a flour tray for Mr. Toddler! 

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The initial set up was quite simple - the manipulatives we would be using and a simple box of flour that I should have sifted better. (oops) 

We used the popsicle sticks to 'write' in the flour. I would make a line in the flour, and asked Mr. Toddler to replicate it. Eventually I added the beads, using the same idea. First I demonstrate and then he replicates (sort of). 

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This was the first time that I introduced such a work, and while he can't quite repeat the pattern that I make, it is a great way to practice so many important concepts!   



Here's what you're child can work on with this activity: 


  • Pattern making, which is an important math concept
  • Pre-writing by using the popsicle stick or fingers to create designs 
  • Pre-reading in a way, as this work asks a child to look at a pattern left to right, and 'read' the pattern
  • Fine motor development by gripping the popsicle stick, gripping the gems and beads, and also making designs in the flour


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