It is time for more wash and learn fun with Train Up a Child, In Lieu of Preschool, and Bath Activities for Kids. This week we are sharing some simple and fun math activities!
Simple & Fun Math Activities for Kids
There are so many ways to explore math at bath time while making it FUN! Today I am sharing a few of my girls favorite bath activities that sneak basic math skills right into their PLAY! One way my girls love to play at bath is with pool noodles. There are so many ways to use pool noodles at bath.
Doesn't this look like loads of fun? I am often tempted to jump in myself. Setting this up is very simple and there are tons of ways to explore math while swimming in OODLES of noodles. I used 4 pool noodles purchased from the dollar store. I cut the noodles into round circle shapes with a knife and threw them into the tub with some bubbles. The girls loved this as it was just like a ball pit at bath time!
The girls had a blast swimming in the noodles of course
And there are tons of fun and educational ways to use the noodles too!
Sneaking in the Math:
- Have your child stack the same color and count them
- Sort the colors into piles and count to see which color pile has more noodles
- Create a bar graph that visually illustrates the difference in the numbers 1-10
- Practice patterning
These pool noodle blocks can be used in so many mathematical ways. Besides that they are lots of fun to build with and really tap into creativity.
Jewel, age 20 months, loved lining them up and then knocking them off the side of the tub, a simple way for a toddler to explore gravity which they are very fascinated by.
Craft Foam Bath Blocks
Another favorite activity for my girls is their craft foam bath blocks. We made our first set of foam bath blocks for Rosie's red themed bath and have since made a whole color set. They are a big hit with the girls! They are essentially like sticker blocks that can be used and re-used time and time again.
Sneaking the math into the PLAY
- As they play and build have them talk about the shapes they are using. How many corners does each shape have? Have them count.
- Have them group the shapes together and count them
- Create patterns
- Order the shapes from smallest to biggest
- Group the shapes by color and count how many of each color there are
These bath blocks are so colorful and fun to create art with too!
We made the craft foam block set pictured above using one pack of craft foam purchased from the Dollar Tree. For one dollar the girls have a toy that lends itself to endless play, learning, and exploration! When you are done playing with the blocks just leave them hanging to dry before gathering and storing for next time.
As for the pool noodles, we bought a mesh bag with a suction cup for $2 to store them in
There are tons of other ways to use pool noodles in the bath too! We have more fun ideas using pool noodles on the way next week. You could also create floating sculpture art using pool noodles like The Chocolate Muffin Tree did in the pool and like Mama Scout did in the bath.
We made two frugal toys for bath time and are still finding endless ways to explore math while we play!
Fun Math Activities at Bath Time
The other fun math activities being shared today: