January 07, 2013

Mommy School - marshmallows, shapes, and numbers

This Mommy school came from idea I pinned a long time ago HERE.  Upon further investigation, they were using balls and glue - not marshmallows.  However, I am working with a 3 and 5-year-old and the marshmallows added the perfect enticement to learn about shapes.


We basically practiced making all the shapes we could from the toothpicks and marshmallows.  We didn't go for 3-D shapes yet - just 2-D.  I would say, "Which shape only uses 3 sides?"  They would lay out the toothpicks as the shape first and then join them with the marshmallows after they had it right.

Rex remembers triangles because they are like Ironman's chest piece in Ironman 2.  Isn't that what you think of when you see a triangle?


Then as part of Rex's math home work we made numbers from the toothpicks.  The boys ate the marshmallows and then we worked on our digital numbers.  They are so many things you overlook as an adult.  Just because they know their numbers doesn't mean they can read the digital version of them on a clock.  Some of them look a little different.  So, we figured all how to write the digital ones with out toothpick.  (Rex is trying to give you a more interested pose than just a smile for you.)


This activity worked well with both ages (but Baden is really good with numbers and letters for being 3).  They both loved it and you might just have both items in your cupboard.

That's all for today.  Thanks for stopping by.

8 comments:

  1. This looks like something my 3.5 year old would love. thanks!!

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  2. Looks like a simple little thing my youngest and I can do today while we are home recovering! thanks!

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  3. I used to do this as a teacher when teaching 3 dimensional shapes. I did this with my son last winter, and it kept him busy for an hour! Such a great project on a cold day.

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  4. I used to do this as a teacher when teaching 3 dimensional shapes. I did this with my son last winter, and it kept him busy for an hour! Such a great project on a cold day.

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  5. Love it! Thanks for the mommy school ideas.

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  6. I love Mommy School!!! I need to step up my schooling at home. I'm a stay at home mom (former teacher) and feel like I'm slacking on getting him ready for school. Such a guilt trip. I'm definitely doing this tomorrow! Thanks Cheri!

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  7. With a super-hero obsessed son I totally understand how triangles = Iron Man!

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  8. What a great idea to use toothpicks to teach digital numbers! You are a genius!

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