Christy, over at Superheroes and Princesses, reminded us, that this is National Chocolate Month, by making chocolate scented, play dough, the other day. That reminded me, I've been meaning to make homemade "Tootsie Rolls", again.
It's been quite a while since we've made them, and I don't know why, because they are so quick, and easy to make, and such a fun treat (click here, to go back to the recipe, and instructions).
I rolled out most of the play dough like dough, into ropes, in plastic wrap, to be chilled, and then cut into the traditional Tootsie Roll-like shapes.
But first, I used a little of the dough to hand mold a few different, three dimensional shapes...
...to go along with Cindy Neuschwander's Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone.
In the story, Radius, must help his friend Vertex, to solve the mystery of Euler's Law (that if you add the number of faces on a polyhedron to the number of it's points, and then subtract it's edges, the number will always be two), in order to win a contest put forward by the King to name his successor.
The children counted the faces, sides, and vertices of their candies, before they ate them.
And, then as a follow up activity to the story, they folded two dimensional shapes into polyhedrons, too.
Some were printed from here, on the PBS Kids' site, to go along with the Cyberchase episode "Eureeka", which we viewed, here, earlier in the day.
And, some were printed from around the Internet from here, here, and here...
...to add a Valentine's touch to our lesson.
Because, there's a reason this is National Chocolate Month.
For more math activities, Valentine's themed, or otherwise, check out the Math Monday link-up, being hosted by Joyful Learner.
It's great to be a homeschooler.