5 Math Activities for Kids

5 Math Activities for Kids

I truly believe that making school and learning fun and hands-on is the best way for kids to learn. If they are engaged in an activity then they are more likely to learn, and be happy doing it! The math activities below are all hands-on and have been successfully used in a classroom and home school setting. Try them out and get kids excited about math! Musical Math Ten frames are a great way to get kids to organize their work and numbers. I have a class set laminated that we use. For this activity each child received a ten...

STEM for Kids – Animal Cages

STEM for Kids – Animal Cages

STEM challenges have become very popular in my classes. They are perfect for a hands-on activity that promotes creativity, trial and error, and perseverance. Today students had the chance to be architects and engineers.  I challenged everyone to create a structure/home to keep an animal in. Small groups were given a bin with only clothes pins, popsicle sticks and larger tongue depressors. Then I gave each group a small animal critter.  They had half an hour to do their stem challenge! When I give STEM challenges I typically give very little direction/instruction to students. I try not to guide their...

Math Number Game and Printable

Math Number Game and Printable

I love teaching math! My students love math and they believe that they are good at math – and they are! That doesn’t mean that they get every single correct, but with the mind frame that they are mathematicians they are willing to attempt questions and approach problems with confidence. One of the benefits of teaching kindergarten is that our program is play-based so our math program is hands-on and fun! I created this math number game to try out with my students and it was a hit! I have recently been using small wooden blocks that I found at...

STEM Building Challenge

STEM Building Challenge

Our kindergarten program is inquiry based; therefore if students show an interest in a specific topic or idea, I then plan my lessons and activities with a focus on their topic. My students have shown an interest on hands-on building and constructing, so we have been doing several STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) challenges. I cover kindergarten prep, so I see over 100 kids aged 3-6 every day. Everyone enjoyed this STEM building challenge and it is so easy to do! I found a bunch of mini building blocks at a local dollar store. I gave each student one...

Neon Glow Painting for Kids

Neon Glow Painting for Kids

This was so much fun! I love doing different sensory activities with kids. One of the classes that I teach has been studying space, so I thought this would be a great painting for kids activity that ties into the space theme. Kids love painting, and this was a way for them use paint, but in a different way. I started with three different colours of neon paint – green, yellow and pink. I used black paper as our background so that the paint would stand out and look like it was glowing. We had three different tools that children...