Monday, August 2, 2010

Skittle Math

We played a spot of Skittle Math this week.

A quick easy way to achieve some 'how many objects in a group' work. This really only works best for smaller numbers, so the focus here was for K but of course with skittles being the main attraction I couldn't leave B out and he was all up for trying some higher number groups.

Simply place a few items on the table (counters, blocks, lollies) and the idea is to have the child tell you how many are there without counting. To keep the little pile of skittles they had to get it that was the best incentive yet!!!!

They each played a few rounds and both did very well at this.

And because B had way more skittles due his larger groups they quickly decided to count their stash and divide them evenly.

All of that math and fair play too boot!

I am linking this to Math Monday at Joyful Learner and to We Play at Childhood 101


Leslie said...

I LOVE learning with food! LOL! Have you seen the book called Skittles Riddles Math by Barbara Barbieri McGrath? There are all kinds of books to teach math using different candies and food. I love the ones by her or Jerry Pallotta (Hershey's, Twizzlers, M&M's). I have several and they are so fun!

Kylie said...

Thanks Leslie for those book ideas, I wll definitely check them out. :-)

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

We play it too but we use Smarties and call it Smartie math! : )
The girls also like to trace shapes and letters with shoe-string style twizzlers.

Phyllis said...

We love Skittle math, too. And, MaryLea...we use Smarties to teach place value. Take out all the Smarties from a roll except 10. That is your tens and all the single smarties are your ones.

Raising a Happy Child said...

This math lesson was definitely sweet. I might play something like this with daughter too, it looks like fun.

amandab said...

Ahh .. .the subtle art of lolly learning! Love it :)

Joyful Learner said...

Perfect game in estimation and sharing! Another variation would be to use a spoon or a scooper to estimate how much can fit in each scoop! Thanks for linking!

Marita said...

Simple and effective. I love it :)

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

I have played this with M&Ms, Smarties and Fruit Loops coloured cereal. It is also fun to graph the colours or guess how many Skittles will fit into a lid, small container or drawn shape.

Thanks for linking to We Play :)

Kelly said...

Oh YUM! What a great way to learn. I think my children would enjoy this.

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