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How Do They Go?


How Do They Go?

[20 Minutes]

You can help your child think about the differences in "how things go" by sorting pictures of vehicles. It is a wonderful math lesson and requires no elaborate workbooks.

You'll need:

• old magazines • child safety scissors • envelopes

What to do:

  1. With your child, rip or cut out pictures of things that "go" from magazines.
  2. Make a pile of all the pictures.
  3. Let your child decide on categories: things with wheels, things that fly, things that float, and so on.
  4. When the categories are decided upon, label the envelopes and challenge her to place each picture in the correct category.
  5. One by one, begin to look through the pictures together, putting them in the correct envelopes.
  6. Encourage your child to look through the pictures again and choose her favorite vehicle.
  7. Then let your child paste it on a plain sheet of paper, and encourage her to draw herself in or on the vehicle in the picture.

Let's Talk: Ideas to Explore Together.

  • Can you think of some things that have wheels, but do not move you from place to place? Let's take turns naming them.
  • Besides using wheels, how else can things move?

Useful information:

While you are having fun together, your child is learning observational skills and sorting skills, both important in math.

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