Design a Fraction Collage
Break out the ruler and brush up on a little elementary math. Don't despair if numerators and denominators seem like a bore to your child. This colorful collage is sure to show him the brighter side of fractions. This is a great activity for kids having a hard time grasping the concept; being able to see and touch fractions visually and tactile-ly helps kids understand fractions more clearly.
What You Need:
- Construction paper in a variety of colors
- Thick black marker
- Glue stick
What You Do:
- Choose a fraction to start with. It's better to start simple even if your child is confident in his fraction skills.
- Have him write the chosen fraction on a sheet of construction paper with the black marker. Ask him to point out the numerator (top number) and the denominator (bottom number).
- Select a shape to represent the fraction, such as a rectangle or triangle. Help him draw the shape on another sheet of construction paper (preferably in a different color) using the pencil and ruler. Make sure the dimensions of the shape are in whole inches, ideally in a multiple of the denominator so the shape will be easy to cut up. For example, if your fraction is 3/4, you could make a rectangle that is 8" long, since 8 is a multiple of 4.
- Still using the ruler, divide the shape up into a number of segments equal to the denominator of your fraction. Using the example from step 3, you would divide the rectangle into 4 2" segments.
- Have him cut out the whole shape from the construction paper.
- Flip over the sheet of construction paper that you wrote the fraction on and glue the shape onto the other side.
- Now have him choose another sheet of construction paper in a different color than the shape. Using the same measurements you used in step 4, draw a number of segments equal to the numerator of the fraction. Using the same example again, you would cut three 2" wide segments.
- Cut out the segments and glue them on top of the shape within the lines.
- You're done! Go back to step 1and repeat for a different fraction.
Try attaching all your fraction collages to a large piece of poster board, overlapping them and arranging them in different directions for artistic effect.