Early Years Activities- Mathematics

Cooking with Children

This activity is based on using every day language to talk about size, weight, capacity and volume. As stated, this activity encourages their independence and increases awareness of healthy choices. Cooking and following recipes is rich with mathematical language and thinking.

Strengths

This activity is beneficial in multiple ways. Whether or not the child is familiar with what goes on in the kitchen, they are introduced to using and measuring different ingredients. Learning at an early age how to follow recipes, add, subtract and divide a recipe in half is important to know. The children use counting skills by saying one number for each object, such as counting cups or spoonful. Children are also introduced to using measuring cups and scales to weigh out ingredients. The end results are enjoyable for the child (if they correctly followed instructions) while they munch on their creation. Which is a great opportunity for taking pictures.

Weakness

This project would require the use of kitchen supplies, which could potentially be hazardous if using ovens, stove tops or knifes. Also perching the ingredients could be another downfall, depending on where this activity takes place and if there is funding. Teachers and other educators must be aware of any allergies their student pay have, as this too could be dangerous.

Suggestions

I don’t believed this is mentioned in the activity, though I figured making something other than food would be a great alternative. Something like Playdough, or silly-putty. I researched a few other things children can make in the classroom that are low cost and not necessary foods; salt dough. http://www.redtedart.com/30-salt-dough-crafts-kids/ This website has many crafts children can create using salt dough.

 

Baskets

In this activity children will sort items into baskets by creating different categories. The children will use critical thinking skills to analyze the different properties of the objects.

Strengths

This activity would be easy for a teacher to set up because it mostly only uses different containers, which could be of any size, and a variety of objects. The objects could include literally anything from around the room. Children could categorize the items based on color, use, size, shape and so on. The child can also easily record this activity by answering the different questions provided.

Weakness

There could be potential disagreement between students on where a specific item may go. As the numbers of categories are endless, some may not agree, therefor-smaller groups may be beneficial for this activity.

Suggestions

One idea would include the teacher asking students to bring in an object from home, this could create a wider variety and interesting categories. Although another suggestion could be for the teacher to choose the items used in this activity and assure they are different from each other in order for the students to easily separate them into different baskets, this would probably be best for younger children.

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