Lining up colored craft sticks

by Courtney Floyd on February 14, 2013

in Everyday Math Play, Lining up colored craft sticks, Mathematics

Earlier in the week, I shared some of our line up activities. Lining up colored craft sticks was one of my favorites…

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I had previously told you about our class reading and enjoying “The Line Up Book” by Marisabino Russo. This is a fun book about a little boy who lines up all of his toys from his bedroom to the kitchen on his way to lunch. Along the way, his mother calls for him over and over. Each time, he says, “Just a minute.”   After reading our story, we brought out a large box of colored craft sticks for a math activity.  Each child was given ten craft sticks…

Lining up colored craft sticks by Teach Preschool

The children began this activity by counting their craft sticks. Once it was determined that all children had ten, Deborah and I asked them if they could make a square out of four craft sticks…

Lining up colored craft sticks by Teach Preschool

Once they had all made their squares, we asked the children if they could make a triangle with three craft sticks.  A few children figured out that they could place their triangle on top of their square to make a house…

Lining up colored craft sticks by Teach Preschool

Deborah and I asked them to make a few more shapes, before encouraging them to create something unique on their own…

Lining up colored craft sticks by Teach Preschool

The children made some really unique creations…

Lining up colored craft sticks by Teach Preschool

When the children were finished building their craft stick creations, we asked them if they would like to line up their craft sticks on the floor, similar to how the little boy in our story had lined up his toys.  They enthusiastically accepted this challenge…

Lining up colored craft sticks by Teach Preschool

A few children decided to line up their craft sticks on our three types of lines that were taped on the carpet…

Lining up colored craft sticks by Teach Preschool

The children were clearly enjoying this activity!  They loved seeing how far they could line up their craft sticks and they also enjoyed playing the role of the young boy in our book.  Deborah, acting as the mother in the book, asked the children over and over if they were almost finished. The children would all emphatically reply, “JUST A MINUTE…”

They couldn’t have possibly had more fun…

Lining up colored craft sticks by Teach Preschool

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