Children are natural mathematicians. They push and pull toys, stack blocks, and fill and empty cups of water in the bathtub.
All of these activities allow young children to experience math concepts as they experiment with spatial awareness, measurement, and problem solving. For this activity, we incorporated the octopus into our learning!
Using an octopus diagram and jewels, we practiced sorting by number, counting as we did so. Upon finishing, we counted all of the jewels on our creatures, which reached 36!
We have been trying to experiment with higher numbers so that your little one is prepared once they reach kindergarten!