## Tuesday, December 13, 2016

### HOW MANY DAYS?

It’s getting close to winter break! I wonder if the children know that you are even more excited than they are! Here are some math activities to keep them engaged over the next few days.

Magic Number
Children stand in a circle and begin counting off. When you get to 25 (Christmas Day) that child must sit down. Continue counting until one child is left.

Mingle Jingle
(Yeah, I shared this game yesterday, but it’s the coolest game for this time of year.) Children tiptoe quietly around the room as they whisper, "Jingle, jingle." When the teacher calls out a number, they must form groups with that amount. Those students who are leftover can do a jumping jack or other silly movement. Continue having the children mingle and jingle and form different sets.

Shopping

Materials: advertisements from toy stores, grocery stores, or discount stores, paper, pencils, scissors, glue
Write questions similar to those below on a chart. Children fold a sheet of paper into fourths and then write a number in each section. Then they look through the advertisements and cut out an object that answers each question.
1. What costs less than \$10.00?
2. What costs more than \$100.00?
4. What would you like to buy for yourself? How much does it cost?
5. Draw a T-chart on the back.  On one side write "wants" and on the other side write "needs." Children cut out pictures (or write words) for things they actually need and things they'd like to have.

Seasonal Shapes
Take a walk around the school and look for different shapes in seasonal objects. Can they find a circle? Triangle? Rectangle? Square? Cube? Cone? Sphere?
*Let them make a shape collage by cutting objects out of advertisements and catalogs.

Estimation Jar
Before children enter the classroom fill a jar with seasonal candy or small toys. Invite them to look at the jar and write their “estimate” on a sheet of paper. At the end of the day empty the jar and count the contents. Who guessed more? Who guessed less? Who guessed the closest amount?