I found a wonderful candy corn math pack over at Royal Balloo. We used part of the packet and I also made a quick candy corn timeline for Kai to use. He was SO EXCITED to be able to use real candy corn with this.
First, I showed him how to use the number line I’d made.
Then, he went to work matching up the doubles puzzle. He only had to use the number line for about half of them.
We did some skip counting. By the end, he was counting up in his head.
This was supposed to be one of those puzzles you cut apart and put back together. I didn’t figure that out till later and Kai liked putting the candy corn on it. He’s got most of his addition facts under five pretty well memorized, just from playing with math so much, and he was pretty pleased that he knew most of the ones on the sheet that were above five, as well.
This was a “sorting activity” where you figured out what the answer was and put the addition fact in the right bowl. He was pretty excited about not having to use the number line much to figure it out.
We also did an addition page and a subtraction page – both with a handful of problems on them, mainly visual. There was also a REALLY neat estimation page that I’m surprised I didn’t a picture of.
By the end of it, he was shouting, “Mommy! I’m so good at math! I didn’t know I was and I thought I wasn’t but I AM GOOD AT MATH!” and did a little victory dance. It’s good. If he thinks he’s not good at something, he tends to avoid it. But he REALLY loved this activity.
To finish off, we played a modified version of a “game” he loves called “Some Went Hiding”. I’m not sure where I picked this up, but we play it with all sorts of things. To play, take any number of small objects (in this case, candy corn, but we have also used pencil erasers, pennies, and plastic monkeys). One person turns away while the other hides a few objects behind their back. When they turn back, the person who turns away then has to figure out how many have been hidden. But, this time… we just ate them!
Too many for Kai, though. When he was nice and sugared out, he got a look, and I knew what was coming, “Can we save the rest?” Sure, kid. Not a problem. So he ran around the house, all sugared up, while I was pleased to see how his math skills were coming along. I try not to push things, but he does really enjoy some of the fun activities and it’s nice to know how things are going, for sure.