Sunday, May 03, 2015

Kinetic Sand Math Activity {Fine Motor Sensory Play}

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So what do you do when you have a three year old who enjoys playing with kinetic sand and a 5 year old obsessed with math? Well, you combine the two into a kinetic sand math activity, of course! This simple invitation was a great way to work on fine motor skills and math concepts. It encouraged the boys to count in a fun new way.

Counting with base ten blocks and kinetic sand - fine motor math activity for kids from And Next Comes L

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To stamp, count, and work on base ten concepts, we used:


Stamping the base ten blocks into the kinetic sand ends up leaving an impression in the sand to count. So the boys would stamp some tens and ones, count it up, and then stamp the corresponding number into the sand.

Kinetic sand math activity for kids using base ten blocks from And Next Comes L

Kinetic sand math activity for kids using base ten blocks from And Next Comes L

Counting with base ten blocks and kinetic sand - fine motor math activity for kids from And Next Comes L

Once the blocks and numbers were removed, you could count them again in the kinetic sand! For added learning, the boys traced the number impressions with their fingers (a good prewriting exercise!).

Kinetic sand math activity for kids using base ten blocks from And Next Comes L

The boys also enjoyed just stamping different number combinations in the sand, which is a great for working on fine motor skills.

Stamping numbers in kinetic sand from And Next Comes L

Stamping numbers in kinetic sand from And Next Comes L

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Counting with base ten blocks and kinetic sand - fine motor math activity for kids from And Next Comes L
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