Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Number Cookies - A Sir Cumference Snack/Activity
I wanted to make a plate of number cookies, to go along with our reading of Cindy Neuschwander's Sir Cumference and All The King's Tens, last night.
Unfortunately, I don't have a set of number cookie cutters, and I was not in the mood to hand cut that many different shapes. Finally, after a brief brain storming session with T (who didn't realize he was having an impromptu lesson in problem solving), we decided all the numbers could be made easily enough by using the letter "B" cutter...
...and just snipping a tiny bit, here and there...
...and removing them, digital clock style.
I used the cookies as a snack/math activity to go along with the story. Which this time deals with number grouping, and place values, instead of geometry, like the rest of the series.
I gave each child four, random, number cookies on a plate.
Before they ate their cookies, I asked them to arrange them into the largest...
...and smallest numbers they could.
Then, we went around the table to see who had the smallest, and largest numbers of all.
The older children, who already have a firm grasp of place values, helped their younger sisters, with their cookies. C, at age 4, didn't fully get the concept, but she enjoyed ordering the individual numbers from smallest to biggest, and biggest to smallest.
The story itself is entertaining, but a little busy for teaching the concept in one reading, to younger children. However, it makes a nice platform for discussion of place values, lends itself nicely to follow up activities, and goes along perfectly with the Cyberchase episode "And They Counted Happily Ever After" (click the link to view the episode on PBSKids.org).
It's great to be a homeschooler.