Playing IS learning. Play with the stuff they like to play with...in this case playdoh and manipulatives.
This screen cast got over 150 hits in a day, I'm pretty sure people were amazed by their ability to multiply more than the dough...but you never know with the internet.
Basically, we played and had fun first and learned math concepts second. This play session lasted around two hours. Note the complete lack of symbols in our play. We just talked about the concepts the symbols will come later.
Here you see us playing with addends and subtraction. A lot is going on here...you see hero zero wearing his five disguise at the top, first it was a ten then we made addends for ten below it then the 4 year old showed me ten take away one in no uncertain terms...
"Why don't we...?" What if we...?" "What would happen if...?" "Can you make a square and cut it up...?"
"I dunno," I said. "Let's just PLAY." (And see what happens.)
Here is a screencast where the boys help me tell the story. Caution they may blow your mind with their ability to count.
Outages on Youtube and Screencast0Matic have been common lately. I put screencasts here for all my teacher friends who have YouTube blocked at skool. If you can't watch on one hopefully you can watch the other.
The screencast is titled "Crewton Ramone Play W/Clay Learn Math" on both YouTube and Screencastomatc. Last I checked it had 159 hits on screencastomatic alone and it's only been up since yesterday...please hit the like buttons and rate and share it where ever you watch it. People email and ask if they can use my vids and screencasts for various thing. The answer is YES, BY ALL MEANS GO AHEAD. Just don't try and sell them and try and put a link back to this blog or my website.
Vid won't play? Try this link: https://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cXVwcalGn
Here are a couple of posts where they play and learn math:
Math Rich Environment
Four year old math enrichment.
And just so you don't forget, you teach toddlers algebra right along with fractions and multiplication.
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Crewton Ramone's House Of Math.
More fun math activities.