I don’t know how many of you watch television with your kids, but I do. Not a freakishly high amount, but just enough to make me feel guilty some days. I try to rationalize it by saying the shows are educational. Let’s face it, Curious George is educational. Way more than Max & Ruby. Besides, Max is rude and Ruby is bossy.
Okay I am getting off track. We have started watching Team Umizoomi. It is one cool show! It is all about math. They use math to solve problems. Each episode talks about shapes and patterns. Really neat. And the song is catchy, “I see anything. On my belly, belly, belly screen.”
So Team Umizoomi inspired a project at our house. I got out the construction paper and started cutting shapes. I cut out squares, rectangles, triangles, and trapezoids (I like to say trapezoids). I didn’t cut out any circles, though. I got the wheel shaped pasta out for those.
I drew some shapes on the paper to make some trucks and cars. Right now Cole is talking about transportation at preschool, so I thought this would be fine to tie into that. Cole matched up the cut out shapes to the shapes on the paper.
We also talked through a few vehicles without an outline to go by. We experimented with some shapes and where to place them. After ignoring some silly suggestions by Mom, Cole made a train and a car.
We had a lot of fun doing this craft. It was easy, fast, and fun. Best of all we learned about math, deduction, and problem solving. Who would have thought gluing some paper and pasts would do that? ;-) Try it.
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