Today I am going to complete my Pinecone activity Roundups with Math activities! Please check out my post on Pinecone Art Activities as well as Pinecone Science Activities. I've had a lot of fun gathering ideas for different curriculum elements using natural materials that our youngest learners inquire about. Fall has definitely hit New England and it was great to be able to bring nature inside and get those little minds inspired and little fingers engaged!
The first place I visited was Nurture Store: Creative Kids Learning for their Math Station. I love that their math station leaves room for it to be an independent activity, group activity, or teacher directed activity, so many choices! An investigation sheet leaves room for various questions, that you could come up with ahead of time, or come up with together as a group. Then there is room for an estimation, as well as the actual answer. Teaching young children how to estimate, and then test their answer is a valuable tool! Cathy then goes on to use various tools to help identify answers. Some of these tools included a ruler, tape measure and kitchen scale. So many great conversations and ways to incorporate new math vocabulary! What a rich math station.
|Pinecone Math Station from the Nurture Store|
|Outdoor Math Station with Living Montessori Now|
|Pinecone Toss over at Toddler Approved|
As a reminder, if you gather your own pinecones and want to get rid of bugs, sap, or other grit before using them with children, this is a great article to walk you through how to properly clean and preserve them.
Happy pinecone hunting!