Hands on Math Activities...
So what does an educator mean by the term hands on math? Children need to have math experiences that incorporate their senses, that require them to touch things, experiment and make observations, and that allow them time to investigate a concept further.
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Teach Hands on Math with Art
As a follow up to hands on math activities with games and blocks to learn about symmetry, introduce the children to cut and paste type symmetry fun.
Clown Face Symmetry
The first time I do the clown face activity with the students, I do it in steps, demonstrating one step, then having the children complete the step, checking to see that each child is successful.
- Beforehand, ask a parent to cut out large basic shapes and then cut them in half.
- Give each child a large sheet of paper with a line drawn down the middle
- Give each student a pair of cut out shapes after you demonstrate the step. I found without the structured step by step approach, the children randomly glued shapes, missing the concept of symmetry.
- Say, "I glued a half circle on this side of my line, so I have to glue another half circle on the other side of the line."
- Have the child glue half of a shape on one side of the line then the other half on the other side of the line
- Keep repeating until all shapes are used up
- Use stickers to complete the symmetrical picture
The next day give the students another paper with a line drawn down the middle.
Then provide a handout such as the sample on the right. Have the children cut the shapes out and create their own symmetrical designs (a short review showing yesterday's work will be necessary).
Print the sample worksheet onto colored paper, or on to construction paper if you photocopier allows it.
Hands on math activity - Folded paper and paint symmetry
- Give each child a piece of 12 x 18 paper folded in half.
- Have them open it and place two or three teaspoons of different colored liquid paint on their paper.
- Have them close the paper.
- Demonstrate first, showing children how to rub the top of the paper carefully but thoroughly.
- The kids love opening their paper to see their symmetrical butterfly designs.
- For more fun, embellish the pictures with glitter glue after they dry.