Go on a Nature Hunt!
With the weather warm and toasty, and you and your family heading outdoors, keep in mind that preparing your child for excellence in kindergarten math can be done anywhere, any time. The natural world is a string of math lessons, waiting to happen.
In this simple and social activity, children use size comparison skills to find objects in nature that are bigger, smaller, longer, shorter, taller, wider, and narrower. These concepts are not only important for kindergarten math, they also encourage children to become better scientific observers. So find a space to roam—a sandy beach, a wooded park, or a lakeside shore, all offer ample materials to help your child understand size comparison words.
What You Need:
- Large bag or sack, for example, an old pillowcase or grocery store bag
- Small bag or sack (you can use a paper lunch sack, or get something fancier at a party store)
- Set of template cards (provided)
- Five small objects. For example: a stone, a leaf, a stick, a shell, and a flower blossom.