Category Archives: Teachable Moments

Math 4 Dinner

Contrary to what I thought in school, we DO use math ALL the time.  Granted I personally haven't needed to graph hyperbolas since graduating, but I do use math daily.  With that being said, I challenge you to start talking-out loud whenever you're using math.  Remember, your children are always listening! And if you're modeling mathematical skills…
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Stages of Cutting with Scissors

I'm supposed to let my preschooler use SCISSORS??? ARE YOU CRAZY??? I must be pretty darn crazy because I gave Ellie scissors when she was two years old!  Why so young?  Well, we had been building up her fine motor skills for quite some time and she seemed up for the challenge. By 18 months old she was…
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Counting Cupcakes

Have you ever wanted to work on something with your child, but you weren't sure they'd be interested?  Try introducing a new concept or vocab with narration first.

For example, I really wanted to work on counting but I didn't want to force it.  I decided to let Ellie explore with our DIY Counting Cupcakes without any direction.  Since I wanted to focus on counting I started plugging in mathematical terms as I was narrating what she was doing (what she initiated) such as commenting on how many cupcakes were sleeping and how many were awake.  We were engaged in a conversation and there was a natural point to have her count without just setting a group of cupcakes in front of her and asking "How many are there?"  Yes, it requires more patience this way, but its less stressful and definitely more meaningful play.

DIY Counting Cupcakes

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Counting Cupcakes!

A super fun fine motor activity!

Ellie loves cupcakes (who doesn't?) so when I saw  individual plastic cupcake holders at the Dollar Store I knew I had to buy them!

After some brainstorming I decided to make them into a matching math game.  Using a permanent marker I drew dots on top of each cupcake container and wrote the corresponding number on the base (as well as the number word on the back side and the same number of dots on the inside of the base).  Then, I visited my good buddy Amazon and purchased miniature scented cupcake erasers that could be counted and placed inside the containers and lo and behold my DIY Counting Cupcakes were born!

$3.00 for 6 cupcake containers (2/$1) + $6.69 for 24 scented cupcake erasers = $9.69

UNDER $10!!

(If you want, you can add a cupcake tin from Dollar Store if you don't already own one.)