Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Marshmallow Math and Igloos

Today, we had fun with Marshmallow Mania.  The kids had a blast using (and eating) marshmallows to review math skills and build some cute little igloos.

With a few numbered cups and bag of miniature marshmallows, we were able to do a lot of differentiated math lessons.  This just means I was able to work with each child on the math skills they're learning.  Here are some of things we did:
  • Identifying numbers - the kids told me what numbers were on each cup
  • Ordering - we put the cups in order from smallest to largest
  • Counting and One-to-one Correspondence - They counted the correct number of marshmallows and put them in the cup
  • Adding and Subtracting - We worked with adding piles of marshmallows together and counting to 20
*We even worked in some fine motor skills by using tweezers to put the marshmallows in their cups.  We did this toward the end since it's hard to count and focus on using tweezers at the same time :)  This is a great skill to get kids ready for writing and cutting and something that boys often struggle with.

After our math lessons, we made igloos using:
  • Foam Cups
  • White Frosting
  • Miniature Marshmallows
  • Spreaders
To prep the cups, I cut a small hole for the 'door' of the igloo.  Then, I put each child's cup on a paper plate to help contain the mess and gave them a few spoonfuls of frosting with their spreaders.  They spread the frosting on their cups (some of the younger ones needed covering the whole cup) and then stuck the marshmallows on.


*Be sure to stop back by later in the week for Marshmallow Painting!!

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