Monday, March 7, 2011
Popsicle Stick Rainbow Counting Puzzle
C (age 4) has been having trouble counting from 11 to 20. She always wants to skip the 14, and 17. So, I decided to make a puzzle with her today, and work on counting at the same time, though this type of puzzle would work equally well for skip counting, or even spelling sight words, instead of simple counting.
First I laid out 10 Popsicle sticks, and taped them side by side, with painters tape.
Then, I wrote on the numbers, counting down from 20 to 11 (you want to start with your numbers going backwards from how you are going to use them).
I flipped the sticks over, so the numbers were still at the top on the back side...
...and had C, color a picture on the front. She chose a rainbow.
When she was done coloring, I removed the tape, and scrambled the sticks, with the numbered sides showing...
...for her to put in order, with guidance from her older brother.
Finally, she turned the sticks over, to discover if they were in the correct order, and would make the picture correctly.
For more math themed activities, and ideas, check out this week's Math Monday link-up, hosted by Joyful Learner.
It's great to be a homeschooler.