Money Math Activity for Presidents Day: Shake to Make 10

 

Money Math for Presidence Day

 

 

 

 

Shake To Make 10! A FUN Money math learning activity…

We are days away from celebrating Presidents Day, Feb. 20.  I thought I’d share a very cool way to tackle math facts for those kids that are also going to be learning about money this upcoming week!

This fun activity was another extension of my sons homework.  One afternoon he was sent home with a math worksheet – you know, one of those worksheets that have a child practice a variety of skills on a single page like mad minutes?

Inside a box on the worksheet he was to add coins and make their sum equal ten cents.

 PJ has struggled with addition math facts this year.  He also can not identify or add sums of money WELL.  We have worked on Math Make Ten math facts and other fun money activities but we haven’t put the two together until this activity.

This is totally FUN!!

What you will need..

  • unruled paper
  • 10 pennies
  • a marker, a pencil , and crayon for rubbing

You will need to make a DIY worksheet.  I simply drew a “T” in the middle of blank paper forming 2 columns in which to write math facts.  I used marker because this was not a plan ahead printable.

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Feel free to copy this template:). I will add a printable in later.

 

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We collected 10 pennies and labeled the pennies verbally.  “A Penny equals one cent.”  He already knew heads from tails so, “Abraham Lincoln is on the front of a penny.”

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Then, he gathered ten pennies and shook them to let them fall!  How fun!!  

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For the math of this, he sorted the pennies by heads and tails. 

 

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Sorting ten pennies gave him a math fact whose sum equaled ten cent! (7+3=10)

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I added extra coin identification practice (he remembers better with hands on visuals) by asking him to create a crayon rubbing of the head and tail math facts.  He used the rubbings as guides to help him know where to write each number since I hadnt made a printable.  This could be a whole other activity to do with all types of coins later!
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PJ counted all the heads and wrote the total for that category.  He did the same for tail pennies then added the numbers to reach a sum of ten.

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He kept going until he had all the different math facts that equaled ten cent.  After so many times of writing the same math facts he blew on the pennies for good luck at his missing math facts:).  I love this picture of him blowing for good luck!

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Are your children learning about money this Presidents Day?  Please let us know if you give this activity a try!:)

UPDATE: Get you free printable by clicking on the link below

 

Thank you for reading!

Crystal 🙂

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Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy Book Craft

 

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy Book Craft

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy Book Craft for the Monthly Crafting Book Club.

I’m very excited to be a part of this months Crafting Book Clubs book series choice Ladybug Girl! The Ladybug Girl book series is one of PJs favorite set of books that he owns!!

Have you heard of the Ladybug Girl books?

Let me introduce you to our favorites!

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Ladybug Girl is an adventurous character who is very active and great at using her imagination!  In this book Bingo, Ladybug Girls dog goes camping with Ladybug Girl and her family.  As she explores their campsite with Bingo, she casts a spell on an old tree wizard, rides a giant turtle rock, and sips tea in a secret garden.  In the mists of their play with mermaids and fairies Ladybug Girl is called into action after Bingo gets lost.  Then, she herself is lost.  How will they find their way out of the enchanted forest?  You will have to read to find out!

 

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Ladybug Girl and Bumble Bee Boy by David Soman and Jackie Davis is the book my son relates to best!  It’s a story about a visit to the park where Ladybug Girl meets up with a fellow classmate.  The two friends want to play together but can’t agree upon what to play .  A common super hero interest is discovered when Ladybug girl asks her friend if he wants to play Ladybug Girl.  Soon, the two are rescuing Bingo from a scary monster, stopping a mean robot from crushing the play ground and more! In this adventure there are 4 total super insect heroes each with their own imaginative powers!!

 

Monthly Crafting Book Craft

Now comes the fun part.  After reading Ladybug Girl and Bumble Bee Boy (Alot!),  PJ and I did this fun craft together.  

What you will need

  • Broken crayons (yellows, reds, blacks of sorts)
  • Aluminum foil covered baking sheet
  • Preheated oven set at 200 degrees

Thats all you need!

I wanted to build on one of the themes of the Ladybug Girl books and that is to Make the best of what you have.  I think it is important to lead children by example so we used supplies we already had at the house and a little imagination.  Just like Ladybug Girl!!

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We gathered all shades of yellow, black, and red crayons.  It’s ok if they are broken.  

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Peel the paper from the crayons.  This is great fine motor practice!

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I covered a baking sheet in aluminum foil.

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I helped PJ fold the foil into inch wide strips.  He made two of these strips.

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We turned the foil strips on their sides and formed a ladybug shape out of one strip.  We made a simple oval for the bumblebee shape.  We trimmed the strips length down a bit, too.

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We placed the insect shapes on the foil covered cooking sheet and filled them with shades of red or yellow.

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The different shades of each color made the final craft so much more beautiful!!  I placed the cookie sheet in the oven at 200 degrees for just a few minutes to melt the crayons.  

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We added gray stripes to the yellow bee and black dots to the ladybug last.  Then returned the crayon bits back to the oven to melt but not too long.  Otherwise the colors will run into to each other and not appear to be dots or stripes at all.

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It does not take the NEW crayons long to cool.  PJ wanted to peel the foil off.  His craft insects were warm and brightly colored!

 

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They are appealing to the senses..rough on one side from bubbling heat and smooth on the other.  Best of all they are so beautiful don’t you think!?

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I REALLY hope we have inspired you to read a Ladybug Girl book soon!

Thank you for reading,

Crystal 🙂

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Quick and Easy Math or Literacy with Don’t Break The Ice Game

 

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One of the best family games at our house growing up was Dont Break The Ice.  I remember getting this game for Christmas one year and playing it with my siblings.  It was sooo much fun to strategically tap out the blocks of ice without letting the red man fall off! We were allowed to get a little more rowdy in the house with this game as there was no real way to play it quietly:) All these reasons make the game perfect for play when the weather didn’t allow us to go outside.

Now a days the game uses a red bear in ice skates to stand on the ice, but it is still fun even at my age! 

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I just had to get it for my kids as my mom had gotten her childhood favorites for me.  

It’s a bit noisey granted but when you and the kiddo are stuck indoors it’s a super fun game to pull out!  My son loved the hammering and was able to follow the simple goal of keeping the bear on the ice. There’s only one step- tap out the block of ice of your choice-before the next persons turn.  I’d highly recommend it for teaching children turn taking.

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After PJ learned how to take turns I thought it would be fun if he could use the game to practice numbers and the alphabet.

One school holiday in his Kindergarten year I tried adding capital and lower case letters to the Don’t Break The Ice Game using dry erase markers. I tested one block first to see if the dry erase marker would wash off and wallah!  A baby wipe took it right off!

These pictures are a few years old but this is how we “played” by adding letters of the alphabet.

I  wrote about 10 or so upper case letters on ice blocks and the matching lower case letters on the remaining blocks.

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We played as you usually would but each player recorded the letter of their knocked down ice block.  For this I drew columns on white paper and added the names of the players at the top.

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Whoever can make the most Upper to lowercase matches after 5 games is the ABC Don’t Break The Ice champ!

We practiced Number Identification, too. 

I dotted the each ice block like the side of a die.  PJ practiced writing the numbers 1-6. Below, I’ll let the picture do the talking.

Quick and Easy Math or Literacey with Don't Break The Ice Game

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More ways to use Don’t Break the Ice

  • You can have your child practice addition: Each player adds up all the blocks they have.  Whoever has the largest total wins.
  • Practice word families, CVC words, or Nonsense words for letter sounds.
  • Write numbers instead of dots on the blocks and have them match numbers to the corresponding amount of dots.
  • For older children, practice multiplication: Group blocks by the number of dots they have. Three blocks of three dots make 3 x 3 = 9

What other ways can you think of to put a new twist on this old classic??  I would like to read about your learning fun so please comment below!

Thank you for reading!

Crystal 🙂

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Snow Science With REAL Snow

 

REAL Snow Science Begins Here….

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This post was originally wrote 1-26-2016..

I was wondering if this year would be the year for a snow storm and then came news that our area was under an emergency alert for snow.   While others may worry with milk and bread on snow days I’m more concerned about having enough practice work to keep PJ on a schedule similar to that of his school day.  Going back to school from unexpected school closing s are much easier these days but only because I try to keep a school day schedule at home when his school is closed due to bad weather.  For example:

 

Roll A Sentence – This Reading Mama

8:00-9:00am Book reading and topic discovery 9:00-9:30 Topic related sensory break 10:00- 11:00 Sentence Practice with games to warmup for writing about topic of the day 11:00 Lunch!!! And so forth...
8:00-9:00am Book reading and topic discovery
9:00-9:30 Topic related sensory break
10:00-10:30 Sentence practice with games to warmup for writing   about topic of the day
10:30- 11:00 Writing activity (story map, compare/contrast, fact finding, retell, ect…..Then LUNCH!!

 

 

 

When I need a good incentive for homework or my son needs a sensorial break, I fill in with STEM.  PJ loves science because its hands on, visual, and sensory evoking:). I love it because we can add Language Arts by writing to the mix!

Snow Science With REAL Snow

Our science project with real snow…

We did a similar activity last year but our ingredients were not the right measurements.  The mixture fizzled out the top of the bottle instead of blasting up.  The mistake was a learning experience for us both.  I knew we could make it work if we kept trying!

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What you will need:

3 teaspoons baking soda

3 teaspoons dish detergent

blue food coloring

3 small empty bottles

3 cups or more depending on the size of bottle of tomato juice, vinegar, and pickle juice

 

I wanted this project to have a writing component so we added 2 more variables (pickle juice and tomato juice)….. Having 3 variables allowed PJ to compare 3 different experiment reactions.

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Procedure

He measured out Baking soda, dish soap, and green food coloring.  Then, he added everything but the pickle juice to 1 empty bottle.

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I helped him bury the first bottle in a mound of snow so that only the top of the bottled showed.  — This is what is left of our attempt to make an igloo:)  We made 3 mounds for each test.

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Snow Science with Real Snow

I asked him what he thought would happen or to make a prediction.  He said “It will explode up into a rainbow!”

Snow Science with REAL Snow

His first test substance was Pickle juice.  Using pickle juice was his idea!:) Smart cookie!

Test 1

Snow Science With REAL Snow

The pickle juice had less vinegar than pure vinegar but more vinegar than the tomato juice.  We talked about what he observed which was a little green bubbling inside the bottle.  He said “it didn’t work” but enjoyed the bubbles.

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For the WRITING, PJ wrote down his SUPPLY LIST, PREDICTION, PROCEDURE, and TEST OUTCOME.image image

 The next day we completed the other 2 tests with the vinegar and tomato juice/ dressing.  The vinegar was pored into the bottle with the blue food coloring in order to see the process better.

Test 2

Snow Science With REAL Snow

Test 3 

Snow Science. with REAL Snow

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..saved the best reaction for last
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He finished up on day 2 by repeating the written PREDICTION, STEPS TO THE TESTS, and WHAT HAPPENED in our snow experiment.

Is it snowing at your house??  What kind of fantastic exploring will your kids have in the snow?  Comment below.  We’d love to know! 

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For more snow themed sensorial activities visit Montessori Living.com

 

 Thank you for reading!!

Crystal 🙂

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