We’ve done at least four different activities so far from Family Math for Young Children, and we LOVE it! Simon says, "Mom, let’s do one of my math games!"
We chose "Copy-Cats" to do on Tuesday. It is a simple activity that promotes spacial reasoning and gets children thinking about symmetry (and no, you don’t have to use that word!).
You need sets of identical items (buttons, beans, shapes, pasta, etc.), glue, and a piece of paper folded in half.
Simon picked an item and put in on the paper, and then I mirrored what he did.
He picked another item, and I mirrored it again. After about 5-6 times, I picked an item and had him mirror it.
He loved everything about this: picking the item, deciding where to place the item, gluing it on, and spending time with mom! Here is our finished copy-cat picture.
I love Family Math for Young Children! The only thing I don’t like about it is trying to run around the house and grab the supplies I need to do an activity. To solve this problem, I gathered most of the supplies needed for the activities and put them all in one box. When Simon wants to play a math game, I can just flip through the book, grab the supplies I need, and go. Easy, educational, and fun!