Keeping the kids occupied (meaning, not putting them in front of the TV and making sure they’re safe and not killing one another) while we prep dinner is sometimes challenging for us.
A fun way to turn what can be a difficult time into an opportunity for learning is this simple Counting by Tens math activity that takes one minute of set up and uses ingredients you probably already have in the kitchen.
- Aluminum foil
- A Sharpie or other pen or marker
- Rice, beans or other small objects to count
Draw circles that your child will use for counting (or sorting). Then, you can either write the numbers below the circles yourself or have your child write the numbers after she has added ten objects to the circle.
Finally, have your child place ten objects in each circle and practice her counting skills. This is great fine motor practice, too!
Modifying and Extending the Activity
- For younger children, turn this into a simple sorting activity and use different materials, like a variety of dried beans or different shapes of pasta.
- For your older child, have her write the equations herself.
- You can also modify the activity to skip by any number and practice counting, adding or multiplying by 2s, 5s, 100s, etc.
Do you have a favorite simple math activity? Share it with us in the comments and Keep #RaisingThinkingKids!
Some of our other kitchen math activities to try: