The Mother Goose Time curriculum is full of learning games and activities that get kids to use their fine motor skills as well as their gross motor skills. One of the things I love most about the teacher guide that comes in every curriculum box is the suggestions at the bottom of each activity for you to try something more challenging to test that skill or a more simplified version of the activity based on the needs of your students.
This week, I tried to focus on math games that got the kids up and moving. We played a game outside. I had numbers 0-9 on the wall. The students job was to throw the ball at the numbers. They had to identify the number the ball hit. Not only is this great for gross motor skills, but also for coordination and focus. The students loved this game. A few of them had to throw the ball a few times before they hit a number, but they didn’t seem to mind.
Another math activity we did this week was a matching game. The students had to pick a postcard, look at the picture on the front, and deliver it to the place that had the matching picture on it. I heard from a lot of parents that this was their child’s favorite activity of the week. One student went home and wrote a letter to his grandma and grandpa just so he could mail it! It’s fun when the kids connect with a lesson and apply it to real life. It’s one of my favorite things about teaching.
One last math activity we did this week was using connecting cubes. We used the cubes to build the designs on the Shape Designs Mat. We counted the cubes and compared the heights of each one. When we were done, we put all the cubes (or towers) together to make one big tower. We counted 50 cubes!
Kids are more engaged and learn a lot more when they do activities that are hands on. They need to be up and moving around. They need opportunities to explore new things. Math doesn’t have to be boring. Make it fun! They need chances to develop their gross motor skills as well as their fine motor skills. Integrating math and physical development is so easy and will make learning more meaningful to your students.