Roman Numerals Fine Motor Math Tray

By on Wednesday, September 02, 2015 Be the first to comment!
"What's three million in Roman numerals?" 

That's just one of the many questions about Roman numerals that I have been asked over the past few weeks. J is Roman numerals obsessed! Thankfully, I've been able to come up with some great little math activities for him to further explore his interest. The latest is this fine motor math tray that is great for Roman numerals recognition and counting practice.

Learn Roman numerals, practice counting, and work on fine motor skills with this simple elementary math tray for kids from And Next Comes L

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For this elementary math tray, you will need:


The main goal of this math tray is to count the correct number of clothespins and clip them onto the flashcard. This activity focuses on recognizing Roman numerals, fine motor skills, and counting.

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Five year old J was a pro. After all, he did teach himself Roman numerals this summer. Yet, getting a good picture of him showing off his work was a challenge! J also helped three year old K clip and count as well. K is already mastering a few of the Roman numerals himself (how can he not when he's exposed to J's constant math questions??). This activity was a great way for them to work cooperatively as J was teaching K the Roman numerals that he didn't recognize.

Fine motor math activity for kids to practice Roman numerals from And Next Comes L

Fine motor math activity for kids to practice Roman numerals from And Next Comes L

This math tray would also make an excellent busy bag for kids! Just toss all the materials into a zipper seal bag and it's good to go!

Here are some other fun ways to learn Roman numerals:


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Roman Numerals & Clock Learning Math Activity for Kids

By on Monday, August 31, 2015 Be the first to comment!
One of the first things J did after making his homemade Roman Numerals flashcards craft was to assemble them into a clock. And just like that he was practicing telling time using Roman Numerals.

Hands-on math activity for kids: learning about clocks, telling time, and Roman numerals from And Next Comes L

For this activity, we used:

  • Homemade Roman Numerals flashcards
  • 2 bubble wands of different lengths - You could use bamboo skewers, sticks, pencils, etc. as an alternative. Just make sure one is longer than the other.

First, J assembled the cards into a clock shape by putting the Roman Numerals in order from I to XII.

Learning about clocks, telling time, and Roman numerals from And Next Comes L

Learning about clocks, telling time, and Roman numerals from And Next Comes L

Then he asked for an hour hand and a minute hand. Me, thinking quick on my feet, quickly scanned the sunroom for anything that would work. I spotted two bubble wands that worked perfectly! They were each a different color and a different length, making them the perfect makeshift hands of a clock. J then started running to the kitchen to check the time on the stove's clock before coming back to mark the time on his DIY Roman Numerals clock.

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Here are some other ways to work on Roman numerals and/or learning to tell time:


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Roman Numerals Math Craft

By on Sunday, August 30, 2015 2 Comments so far
I've been learning how to write and read Roman Numerals larger than 20 simply because my five year old decided that he wanted to learn Roman Numerals this summer. Of course, he had Roman Numerals mastered right away due to his hypernumeracy, but we still did a variety of activities to reinforce his (and perhaps my own?) knowledge of the concept. So we combined math and art to create this fine motor Roman Numerals flashcards craft. It was also a great cooperative craft for my two boys to work on together. And bonus, it encouraged turn taking, which I will explain how shortly.

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For this craft, we used:


Combine math and art with these kid-made Roman Numerals flashcards - a perfect way to work on fine motor skills while practicing math! from And Next Comes L

I made the first card to show the boys what we would be making. When J saw the card, he instantly lit up! He was so excited to make some cards of his own. He quickly declared that he would make II and instructed his three year old brother K to work on III. As you can see, cutting, peeling, and placing the washi tape on the cards are great ways to work on fine motor skills.


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Fine motor math craft for kids from And Next Comes L

Fine motor math craft for kids from And Next Comes L

The boys continued to take turns, alternating the Roman Numerals that they were creating, all the way up to 20. I'm sure that if the cards were bigger (to allow for more tape to fit) that J would have gone all the way up to 100 or higher. After all, it was a package of 100 index cards so it only made sense to make them all into Roman Numeral flashcards.
  
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These simple homemade flashcards would be cute to hang in J's bedroom, but, instead, we will be using them for a variety of other math activities in the future, such as this clock activity.

Here are some other fun ways to work on Roman Numerals:


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Art Gallery Small World {Pretend Play on the Light Table}

By on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 Be the first to comment!
Using the light table for small world pretend play can expand the sensory experience for kids. Take the outer space small world and the arctic small world for example. The light simply transforms the small worlds. I think they look more magical! So when I signed up for letter X for the Small World Pretend Play Ideas from A to Z series, I just knew that I had to try another small world on the light table. So I picked X for exhibit (focusing on the letter X sound here obviously), as in an art gallery exhibit. The result? A really cool art gallery small world that uses some of my mom's real artwork.

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For this small world, I used:


I set up the art gallery by making a LEGO bench and decorating the gallery with some fake plants. I then used the wooden clothespins to hold up the art slides for the art exhibit. Then I set up the playmobil people to face the artwork.

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My mom is a ceramic artist so she has done numerous exhibitions over the years. That means she has accumulated a whole bunch of slides of her artwork from years ago. She lent them to us a couple of years ago so that the boys could use them on the light table. So it's really neat to show the boys the art and tell them that my mom made the actual art pieces in the pictures.

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I don't think we've ever taken the boys to an art gallery before, but we have certainly been to museums and looked at exhibits. So I played alongside them to model some art gallery type behavior. We looked at the artwork and discussed what we saw. Then we also talked about how the people could purchase the artwork if they wanted. Bonus: when you flipped our slides over, they had red dot stickers to mark them as sold. They had the red dot stickers because the actual sculptures featured in the slides were sold in real life. So the boys would discuss prices for the items and then flip the slides if one of the people bought the artwork.

A crocodile also crashed the art gallery, courtesy of my three year old. But that's okay, he ended up outbidding the lovely lady in pink on a particularly nice red cat sculpture. He ended up purchasing the artwork for like $1000 or something. Who knew crocodiles liked art so much!

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This post is part of the Small World Pretend Play Ideas from A to Z series hosted by Still Playing School. I did A is for alligator with this alligator themed small world and M is for Mario Kart with this Rainbow Road small world.

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Pumpkin & Acorn Sensory Soup {Water Sensory Play}

By on Thursday, August 20, 2015 Be the first to comment!
There's just something about playing with water. My kids cannot get enough of it. So simple water sensory bins like this fall inspired pumpkin and acorn sensory soup are our go-to boredom busting activities. It requires no prep to set up, but this sensory bin encourages lots of fine motor skills and pretend play. It's also a lovely way to explore the colors of fall.

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For this fall inspired sensory soup, we used:

  • Water
  • Acrylic pumpkins and acorns - You can find it at the dollar store and Michaels.
  • Bowl
  • Kitchen utensils: large spoon, ladle, and whisk, but you can include measuring cups, measuring spoons, and more!

Like all of our sensory soups, we simply just dump the materials into a large plastic bin and it's ready for playing. My boys particularly enjoy scooping up all the water that they can using the large spoon and ladle. They usually aim to fill up the bowl that I supply, simply so they can dump out all of the water. Scoop and dump. Scoop and dump. And repeat.

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Fall sensory bin idea for kids using pumpkins, acorns, and water from And Next Comes L

Pumpkin & acorn sensory soup: simple fine motor sensory bin idea for kids from And Next Comes L

Look at all the bubbles!

Pumpkin & acorn sensory soup: simple fine motor sensory bin idea for kids from And Next Comes L

Try out these other fall inspired sensory soup ideas:


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Roman Numerals on the Light Table

By on Wednesday, August 19, 2015 Be the first to comment!
My son's interest in Roman Numerals shows no signs in slowing down any time soon. I also already mentioned that lots of math activities based on Roman Numerals were going to appear on the blog (don't say I didn't warn you!), so here's a quick, no prep way to practice Roman Numerals on the light table.

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I have certainly had to brush on my Roman Numerals with my five year old son's recent interest in the topic, but thankfully he's willing to reteach me the ones I don't remember. Or at least tell me loudly when I get a number wrong! I recently set out this simple math light table invitation for him and challenged him to make specific Roman Numerals and he loved it!

To make Roman Numerals on the light table, we used translucent cocktail stirrers (similar to these). As you can see, they work perfectly for making Xs, Is, Vs, and Ls.

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In J's typical fashion, he started with I and went up one number at a time until he got tired of the activity. I think he finally took a break around number 50 or so.

Roman Numerals math on the light table from And Next Comes L

Roman Numerals math on the light table from And Next Comes L

Roman Numerals math on the light table from And Next Comes L

There's lots of other fun ways to learn and practice Roman Numerals. Be sure to try:


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LEGO Stamped Roman Numerals

By on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 Be the first to comment!
Roman numerals are what my five year old son is currently interested in. And like anything he becomes interested in, he picks it up instantly. However, I like to reinforce the concepts regardless. Plus, I like to push him outside his sensory comfort zones from time to time. Painting has been outside his comfort zone for a couple of years now, so I would like to get him used to the texture and feel of paint again. The result? We combined math and art into this simple LEGO stamped Roman numerals activity.

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This activity combines math and art and uses only the following materials:


The LEGO bricks worked perfectly for stamping the different Roman numerals. Since the bricks are small, J's fingers ended up touching the paint as he dipped. I could tell he was still slightly uncomfortable with the feel of the paint on his fingers, which is so strange because as a toddler, he loved to finger paint. However, since then, he hasn't really enjoyed painting. But stamp painting Roman numerals? That ended up being something he totally enjoyed! Even if he had to promptly wash his hands when he was done...

Learning about Roman numerals by stamping with LEGO - fun math art for kids from And Next Comes L

Learning about Roman numerals by stamping with LEGO - fun math art for kids from And Next Comes L

Learning about Roman numerals by stamping with LEGO - fun math art for kids from And Next Comes L

Love the way these Roman numeral prints turned out!

Learning about Roman numerals by stamping with LEGO - fun math art for kids from And Next Comes L

We also combined LEGO with Roman numerals for another activity! Try this LEGO math tray to practice sequencing Roman numerals.

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