Young children are constantly assessing the patterns in their worlds.
From how items fit together, to the similarities between objects in their environments, their awareness of logic and order compose a significant part of their play.
To cultivate this, we used orange and black colored “rings” to create a sequence with our pumpkins!
Measurement allows us to analyze the objects in our world.
We are constantly doing it.
We measure the ingredients in food, objects, space, and time.
Before they are even aware of this new vocabulary, young children are constantly measuring items.
Fostering an awareness of measurement can not only help them master everyday tasks, but nourish their growing ability to think critically.
For this particular activity, we discussed the difference between height and width.
We then measured the height of a pumpkin with Legos.
Young children perceive their world through their hands. They are constantly on the move, manipulating things and arranging items as a means to understand their functions.
Providing materials and experiences that contribute to the acclimation on new concepts facilitates discovery and intrigue.
Using black pasta pieces, shaving cream, and baking soda, we created our own ghosts!
Your little one squirted shaving foam out of a can and combined it with baking soda to create a dough.
They then added pasta pieces for the eyes. Lastly, they added vinegar, as they watched their ghosts foam and fizzle!
When young children categorize items, they are beginning to perceive the relationships between things. As they evolve in their ability to compartmentalize objects, they start to understand how things work together. In this activity, your budding mathematician learned how to recognize and continue number patterns within the scope of our ghost theme. Using buttons, black pasta, and plastic eye balls, we placed five items onto three paper ghosts, counting and naming the patterns that emerged as a result. We rearranged items, extended patterns, and described the differences we saw.