Mathematics Archive

Mathematics with Candies: Understanding Statistics

Recently we found ourselves at home with a bag of Smarties that we needed for some experiments about dissolutions and you can imagine the desire of children to open that bag as soon as possible without waiting for science day. So we decided to open the bag of candy … but why not use them first as manipulative materials to play and do statistics and other mathematics with candies? We …

Snowflakes: Geometry and Physics

We‘ve been decorating our house windows with snowflakes cut out of paper. For the little ones this is a very nice project where they can discover the symmetry of snowflakes and experiment with different structures. But do you know why the snowflakes have that hexagonal shape? What is the science behind these beautiful structures? Snowflakes are made out of ice crystals that form in clouds. Clouds are formed from thousands …

Experimenting with Balance: Scales

Today we went through an activity of making, playing and experimenting with a scale that could be considered to be both physics and math. As we have already previously introduced the subject of balance with a play session in the park’s seesaws or manufacturing a home made seesaw, we went on to build our scale. On the blog homeschoolenpuebla.blogspot.com, I came across a great idea to manufacture one, by making …

Maths with recycled materials

With preschool kids, the best way to discovery maths is by manipulating, by touching. We can start by sorting: we need to take some pieces of material we can easily find at home (buttons, bottle tops, screws) and put them all together in a container. We ask the child to sort them by color, size or shape). When they are about 5, we can ask them to sort them by …