Whether the Easter Bunny visits your home or not, Easter can be a fun season as we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and the freedom from sin that this victory makes available to us.
Our family loves to have Easter baskets and I think it is fun for each basket to have a theme. If you wanted to prepare a basket for your young learner to help develop their math skills, here are my recommendations.
- Garage sale labels to place on toys
- Play money coins
- Play money bills
Skip Counting Supplies
- Ping pong balls and paper bags (Toss the ball in the bags and add up the points by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s)
- Paper clips to use for place value or counting by various increments
- Erasers as a basic manipulative for counting
- Ice trays to drop marbles or bingo chips or for sorting colors
- Chenille stems to lace with beads and tag for skip counting
Pick a Pattern
- Jelly Beans for making patterns but also for graphing or probability
- Pom poms to sort in an ice tray or bowls using tongs
- Star stickers for fine motor skills and pattern making on paper
- Pony beads to make patterns in an ice tray or on chenille stems as well as for skip counting
- Sticky notes for marking math problems and pattern play
- Magnetic numbers to use on the refrigerator or a cookie sheet to make math problems
- Dice for playing printable games, basic adding, or learning to count
- Dominoes for number matching, learning to count, and recognizing value
Instruments for Measuring
- Measuring cups to use with sand or water can teach basic measurements and fractions
- Rulers for measuring and adding
Basic helps for learning
- Equation building cards for making math problems
- Math skills workbooks for use with dry erase markers
- Flash cards for memorizing math facts
This only scratches the surface of what you can do with these items and a quick trip to your local dollar store can provide even more resources for making math more fun.
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