Our girls enjoy making bracelets and Kira our 6 year old is becoming really good at it. Considering that they like this so much we decided to incorporate the rubber-bands into one of our Math Lesson Plans, using the rubber-bands to make pattersn and group counting.
This works great for levels Pre-K to 4 or even 5th grade depending on the interest of the child. Our girls are 3 and 6 so we have to balance our work, however we try to keep the subject and materials the same making this an excellent hands on activity for our home-school.
Kaylee our 3 year old was responsible of separating by colors, making groups of a specific number of rubber-bands, and lastly she had to create different patterns.
While the girls had no idea that we were doing school work and that it was all part of a lesson plan we accomplished our goals of:
- Color Grouping
- Pattern Recognition and Creation
- Introduction to Multiplication
- Multiplication Concept
We spend a good amount of time “playing” and learning, or I should say “Learning through Play” practicing math, patterns, colors, art, crafts and best of all having a Great time.