Sand/Dirt Writing: Using a stick, let your child practice their writing in sand or just plain old dirt in the backyard.
Counting: How many sticks did you find? Count them. Count them by twos and fives. Make tally marks with them.
Adding/Subtracting: Great manipulative for learning to add and subtract. Start with 5 sticks. Take 2 away. How many sticks are left?
Measuring: After collecting sticks, put them in order from shortest to tallest. If available, have children measure with paper clips or a ruler.
Number Identification/Counting: I absolutely love this ‘Spindle Box’ idea from Montessori On a Budget!
|Stick fairy house|
Building: To encourage creative thinking, let your child explore building with sticks. With my assistance, P (age 8) built this cute fairy house. She’s difficult to see, but there is a little fairy in there! P drew her and cut her out.
Inspired by our creating, S (age 10), decided to get in on the action. She built a mini-campfire with sticks and stones. We actually used it to create a fire in the evening. Let’s just say, she was more than thrilled!
Learning with STONES
Experiment: Collect different sizes of pebbles and rocks. Have your child drop the pebbles and rocks into a plastic bin of water. What are the differences in the splashes made by each rock? How long did the ripples last? Count and compare.. (adapted from Preschool/Kindergarten Instant Lessons For Little Learners- The Mailbox 1997)
Collecting: My kids love collecting rocks. Let your child pick out a few of their favorites for a rock collection.
Create and Imagine: Create rock sculptures and pictures.
Counting: Just like sticks, rocks are the perfect manipulative for counting, adding, and subtracting.
Explore and Investigate: Using a magnifying glass, have your child compare the different rocks. Look at the different textures, sizes, and colors.
Sticks and Stones…
Perfect for summertime fun and learning!