Looking for an easy and inviting way to practice basic addition with your kids? This fall-inspired math light table activity is a great way to explore addition in a hands-on way. Kids will love counting the pumpkins, dumping them onto the sum place, and adding them up!
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For this math light table activity, we used:
- Acrylic pumpkins
- Clear cups - We recycled our applesauce containers for this activity.
- Permanent marker
- Clear container or plate
- Addition and equal symbols - You could certainly draw them on the light table using a dry erase marker or window marker instead.
Label the clear cups with numbers using the permanent marker (you can see them here). We had cups from 1 to 20. Then place two cups on the light table. Count the corresponding number of pumpkins into the cups. Then dump both cups onto the plate at the end of the math problem. Then count up all the pumpkins on the plate to find out the answer! Smaller kids will enjoy the scooping and dumping part of this activity, which is great for working on fine motor skills.
Join us in November for some engineering and science light play ideas. Until then, check out these other pumpkin ideas:
Pumpkin Patch Small World on the Light Table from Where Imagination Grows
Find all the previous posts in this series on the Light & Reflections Pinterest board.