Welcome to another post from our Playful Maths series, co-hosted with an awesome Aussie blogger Learn with Play at Home! For the next two weeks we are sharing ways to do hands on maths activities using cardboard tubes!
To make some shape binoculars you simply need 6 pieces of cardboard tube at the same length. We cut down one long wrapping paper roll, but you could use any other type too. Once I had cut the pieces I left one set round, then bent another set to make triangles and the last set into squares. All done!
Then I told the girls we were going on a shape hunt around the house and we needed to get our binoculars ready to spot objects that matched each one!
I made up a little rhyme that we could chant as we stomped around, searching for shapes. We changed the shape name each time we set off. Here it is below:
It would be good to extend this activity by looking into why some shapes are less commonly used in everyday objects than others. “Why don’t we have triangular wheels?” “Are there more triangles in natural objects or man-made?” for example. This would be a great way to extend the problem solving possibilities too!
What they are learning while they play:
maths: recognising, naming and matching shapes, describing shapes by their properties, using mathematical language such as corners, edges, sides, etc
pshe: turn taking, working collaboratively, completing a project, problem solving
literacy: language and vocabulary development, learning a rhyme by heart
Pop on over to Learn with Play at Home to see her activity today too!
Join us both every Friday for our continuing series about Playful Maths ideas. Click the photo to see previous activities in the series. Have a material you would like us to use? Suggest it below!