1.
Find a container to hold the treasures.
2.
Sort and classify the
treasures.
For
example, do you have
all the same sized screws or keys? How are they alike? How are they
different?
3.
Use these treasures to
tell addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division stories.
For
example, if we share
17 buttons among three friends, how many will we each get? Will there
be some left over?
Or,
if we have 3 shirts
that need 6 buttons each, do we have enough buttons?
4.
Organize the treasures
by one characteristic and lay them end to end.
Compare
and contrast the
different amounts of that type of treasure.
For
example, there are 3
short screws, 7 long screws, and 11 medium screws.
There
are 4 more medium
screws than long ones.
This
may also provide an
opportunity to talk about fractions: 7/21 or 1/3 of the screws are long.
Finding
a container to
hold the treasures gives your child practice in spatial problem
solving.
The
treasures may help
you to explain the concepts of addition, subtraction, multiplication,
and division because they can be moved around and grouped together so
your child can count the items.
PS: Consider doing more fun printable
math activities.
