PatternsYou will need: several small objects of two or more colors Instructions: 1. Make a simple pattern such as red blue red blue red blue 2. Point to objects one at a time while naming them, speaking clearly and slowly 3. Ask children, one at a time, to use small objects and extend the pattern 4. As children get good at this, you can make more complicated patterns with more colors/objects Alternative: Clap your hands in a rhythm 1 2 1 2 1 2 Ask children to clap along Once children have mastered a rhythm, switch to a more complicated rhythm and see if they can keep up Dice GameYou will need: 2 empty milk cartons construction paper masking tape scotch tape permanent marker Instructions: Clean milk cartons and allow to dry completely Use bottom of milk cartons as a base for 5 sides of 6sided dice and cut one remaining side of milk carton to be the top of the dice. Use masking tape to secure top of dice to base of dice Wrap dice in construction paper, using scotch tape to secure On one, use a permanent marker to make dots on each side 16 On the other, write simple actions such as spin, hop (one foot) jump (two feet) etc Have children roll both dice and do the action the appropriate number of times GroupingThis activity is a laying the foundation for mathematical concepts like multiplication and division. Materials Small toy animals Small objects like beads, cheerios, buttons, etc Instructions Set out a few small animals, say 3 Give the child a handful of small objects that is divisible by the number of small animals, say 9 Tell the child to pass out the objects to the animals so that each animals gets the same Ask the child to tell you how many objects each animal has ChartsYou can make a chart about almost anything. One of my favorite charts to make with children is who likes what food. I bring in several varieties of a food, such as several types of spring greens and vegetables for a salad. Draw a chart with a column for each item and rows from 110 (or however many people are participating in the activity). Have everyone try each item, one at a time. As everyone tries one item, ask how many people like it and fill it in on the chart. When you fill in the second item, ask children to compare the two columns. Is the second column more or less than the first column? Continue until every item has been tried.
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