Kindergarten Math Activities

Kindergarten Math Activities

There are so many ways to teach math.  Since a lot of time is spent on math every day, I am always looking for new and hands-on ways to teach it and create kindergarten math activities.  This year I started using mini erasers as part of my math program, and the kids love using them.  For this math activity, we worked together as a whole group.  Sitting in a large circle, each child was given a laminated sheet of paper.  I always use these sheets with the mini erasers as a way to keep the erasers from getting lost and...

Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids

Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids

My kids love to make crafts, especially for Christmas.  I have been looking for easy Christmas crafts for kids that can be made out of wood because they tend to last longer and make a great keepsake, or gift.  Also, since I teach art to young kids, I am always looking for new ideas that are easy enough for 3-6 year olds.  My kids came up with these Christmas trees and I just love them!  We decided to use different shades of green for the trees.  They painted 35 small wooden cubes green, and then one yellow one for the...

Basic Math Talk

Basic Math Talk

This was a super simple math talk to start off our math lesson.  However, it was also very informative to hear students thoughts and answers.  I try to start each math period with a quick math question and then we discuss students answers and strategies. The discussion is student led. For this number talk, I simply showed students the number 8 and asked them to show me everything they knew about the number on their board.  (Each student had their own white board and marker.)  Generally for math talks, it is intended to be mental math (so no white boards),...

10 STEM Challenges for the Classroom

10 STEM Challenges for the Classroom

My students often ask me when we are going to do our next (STEM) challenge.  They love building and being challenged to create something.  I am always impressed by how hard they work, and how determined they are to succeed.  These are my top 10 STEM challenges that I have done with over 100 young kids, ages 3-6. The challenges all require problem solving, and result in a lot of learning!  I have seen first hand, the benefits of this kind of hands-on activity.  I love watching the strategies that my students use when doing these challenges.  They approach them...

Math Activities for Preschool and Primary – Shapes

Math Activities for Preschool and Primary – Shapes

This activity was such a fun, hands-on way to teach math.  Students have been learning about shapes in kindergarten. (We did a shape hunt, a math talk and even some shape art.)  Today we used popsicle sticks and worked together as a big group to create shapes.  I handed out 10 popsicle sticks to every students, as well as a laminated sheet of paper.  The sheet helps keep students work contained and in front of them.  It also helps to prevent materials from getting lost.  We sat in a large circle and I gave everyone a few minutes to explore...

Holiday Math Activity for Young Kids

Holiday Math Activity for Young Kids

I am always looking for ways to make math fun and hands-on.  This is such a simple craft and holiday math activity for young kids. It would work well as a small centre in a classroom or even as a gift. We started by painting some small wooden cubes green.  My kids added one yellow one (with sparkles) for the top.  After they were dry, we added the numbers 1-27.  For younger kids, you could make the tree smaller and number them from 1-15 or any number you choose.  For older kids and grades, you could number blocks to 100...