Math stories: Using tiny toys and back ground scenes, make math stories. eg: It was a busy day at the airport today. 3 airplanes landed at the airport and 3 more landed after, there were 6 airplanes all together at the airport…
Create equations for a certain number using manipulatives such as beans, keys, unifix cubes, etc. and have each child draw pictures of the various combinations. eg: for the number 7, 5 beans + 2 beans = 7 beans
Stick some stickers on a piece of tag board and laminate. Ask children to circle the stickers into groups of ten using a washable marker. They ask them to count by 10’s then 1’s to find the answer.
Bean Race: This game can be played in small groups or in pairs. Students take turns rolling a die. Each time they roll it, they pick up the number of beans that corresponds to the number on the die. The first one to get 100 beans wins.
Shape Pictures: Cut out hundreds of shapes out construction paper and ask students to glue them onto another piece of paper to make a picture.
Make Toothpick Shapes: Using plasticine and toothpicks, have students make shapes that resemble those drawn on a series of cards.
Make Geometric Solids: Provide students with photocopies of the maps to geometric shapes. Ask them to cut them out and glue the sides together to make solids.
Graphing Geometry in the Classroom: Draw a columns on a large roll of paper and label each column for each geometric solid and/or shape they are studying. Ask students to draw pictures of things from the classroom that fall under each column. Eg: a chalk board could go under the rectangle column and a trash can could go under the cylinder column.
Make Objects Out of Geometric Solids: Have students make things out of all the geometric solids that they put together or beforehand, collect boxes, cans, etc. for them to use.
Make Pattern Necklaces and Bracelets out of Fruit Loops
Make Patterns Using Unifix Cubes
Make Patterns Using Keys
Make Patterns Using Stamps
Weight Centre: Have a variety of scales and ask students to try weighing things from the classroom. Fold a piece of paper in half and on one side draw an object on the other side draw something that ended up being lighter.
Rice Centre: Have a variety of jars and a large container of rice. Allow students to explore the volumes of the different jars.
Measuring With String: Have pieces of string that are a wide variety of length. Allow students to find things around the classroom that are longer, shorter, the same size as the pieces of string.
Measuring With Rulers
Measuring With Paper Clips
Measuring With Shoes
Reading a Thermometer: Provide some thermometers as well as bowls of water that are of different temperatures. Ask students to record the temperature of each of the bowls.