To get your child to truly master the concepts of length, order and sequence, hands-on activities such as this that effectively capture his attention are the way to go. By physically rearranging and ordering pieces of yarn himself, he will begin to comprehend what the idea of order in terms of shortest to longest really means and he will have a final product to show for it!
What You Do:
- Give your child a piece of yarn, scissors, glue and paper.
- Encourage him to cut the yarn into smaller pieces of varying sizes and arrange them from shortest to longest on his paper.
- When he is satisfied with its order, check it over. If any corrections need to be made, sit with your child and explain what needs to be changed about his order
- Lastly, ask your child to glue the pieces of yarn onto the paper.
Keep this activity as a refresher for your child when he needs to see a physical example of length and order.
Adapted with permission from "Count On Math: Activities for Small Hands and Lively Minds." Copyright 1997 by Pam Schiller and Lynne Peterson. Used with permission of Gryphon House, Inc., Maryland. All Rights Reserved.