Noodles and Marbles

 

What started out as a fun game, quickly grew into so much more! I was so happy to see the boys working together and taking the reins on this one.  Then watching it all spiral! A lesson for me- let the boys take from it what they will!

As Charlotte Mason said:

The child, though under supervision, should be left much to himself–both that he may go to work in his own way on the ideas that he receives, and also that he may be the more open to natural influences.
(Vol 1, Part V Lessons As Instruments Of Education, p.178)

I originally found the idea of this “race track and marble” game on pinterest, and my first thought was fun and we can make it into a math game! Let’s measure the tracks, time the marbles, try different layouts and compare.  So we set it all up.  All that is needed is a foam noodle cut in half, some marbles and a box to catch them at the bottom!

I gave my oldest the paper and pen and asked him to write down any data he thought was important as he played that would have to do with math skills (leaving it wide open to see his reaction). Well, he took that and ran with it, documenting so much more than I had planned. He made up his own chart and then the ideas for different things and ways to chart just came pouring out of him!  As an example, he thought to try using the large marble to hold a line of smaller marbles in place and let them all go at once to see what would happen. 

My youngest son made up his own games as well, he’s two years old,  so it was pretty much him rolling the marbles followed by a  yell, then a chase after the marbles around the room! However, he kept manipulating his foam noodle as well and tried rolling the marble down it to discover if it worked or not.  We moved the noodles around to different places for variations of heights and had some competitive racing as well.

Finally, my older son asked ” now can we do marble painting?!”

and so we did….. with an impromtu Jackson Pollock lesson! (next post!) 🙂

Fun ideas for learning!

 

 

 

 

A simple math game I made up that can be applied to any subject such as language arts, history, science etc. or even a variety of all the above ( which is how we first played the game.)  This is how we use it for math lessons when we need a break from the same old, same old!

Materials:

Gym Parachute

Dice

Flashcards- Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, Money

Clock

….and what ever you choose if anything- this game really can be done on the fly! Just ask questions verbally if you’d like.

First spread the parachute on the floor. Roll the dice and walk around the parachute that number of steps. The color you land on determines the category of questions.

Orange- Addition                                      Yellow- Money

Green- Subtraction                                   Red- Time

Blue-Multiplication                                  Purple- Players Choice

Answer correctly and you can advance your next turn, answer incorrectly and you must skip your next roll and answer the next card in play before proceeding with a roll of the dice. We don’t keep score in any way, we just go around until we feel the game is over. Just a fun way of reviewing the math skills and concepts.

Enjoy trying it out and let me know what other ideas you build upon this one!

 

 

NEXT UP! MAGNETIC BOWLS!!

 

 

 

I was so excited to find these magnetic bowls at the local store.  I wasn’t sure what I was going to use them for at first, but had to grab them anyway! Having a busy toddler, I love that these bowls stick right onto a cookie tray and away we go with sorting and stacking! AND NO SPILLS ;)!

First I set out our magnetic letter blocks, then some colorful paperclips- which he discovered really took a spin of it’s own on contact! Then I gave him an assortment of things to try out, some magnetic, some not.

The possibilities are endless being that they are magnets themselves, so we will continue to explore with them and share anything that’s super fun and creative with you.  He loves to collect rocks, so I’m thinking we will glue on some magnets and play around with positive and negative poles!

Have an idea? Please share!