We decided to use Easter eggs as a festive springtime math manipulative. They’re surprisingly versatile.
Right away when we got out the eggs, Chobie was asking me about “dozens.” I was a little surprised to hear him use that word, but he’s heard it so often in the context of buying “dozens of eggs” at the grocery store. So first we grouped them into dozens.
Next we sorted by color using these fun sorting hoops my fabulous older sister (who teaches elementary school) gifted us.
They’re fun for sorting and other things too.
After sorting we talked about which groups had more and less. For example, “There are more pink eggs than there are blue eggs.”
Then we used the intersecting hoops to sort eggs according to color. We’ve been doing a lot of activities with color blending lately so this was a fun way to combine color theory with math.
We also did a few simple addition and subtraction problems using the eggs. Chobie is still warming up to those concepts, so that part of our game didn’t last too long.
Bee (aka Aldyn, my seventeen-month-old) also had a good time “sorting” the eggs by moving them back and forth between the hoops.
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