Monday, September 08, 2014

Fall Leaves Math Tray

We are all about math and numbers in my house. As a result, we do a lot of playful math activities with loose parts. Since the leaves are changing colors here, we have been in full fall mode. This no-prep math tray was the perfect way to explore counting, grouping, and color sorting. And clearly, little hands just couldn't wait to play!

Simple math play for kids with fall leaves from And Next Comes L

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Fall Math Activity for Kids

I set up a tray for both of the boys. Each tray consisted of 10 white shower curtain rings and 40 acrylic leaves (10 leaves in each of the four colors that I had). 

Simple math play for kids with fall leaves from And Next Comes L

J sorted his leaves by color first. He noted that there were 10 of each color and promptly told me there were 40 leaves altogether.

Sorting fall leaves by color from And Next Comes L

J then put out seven rings and practiced some grouping (and multiplying!). He put three leaves inside each of the shower curtain rings. "That's 21, mom!"

Fall math tray: practicing grouping with leaves from And Next Comes L

K also attempted some grouping.

Fall themed math tray for grouping and color sorting from And Next Comes L

Fall themed math tray for grouping and color sorting from And Next Comes L

And he did manage to successfully group his leaves into groups of two, as you can see him starting to do here.

Playful math for toddlers and preschoolers using fall leaves from And Next Comes L

How's that for simple, meaningful math?

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Simple playful math tray for kids with a fall theme that works on grouping and color sorting from And Next Comes L
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