Monday, December 3, 2012

Christmas-themed Geoboard Play

Well, we had some fun mathematics-inspired Christmas celebrating today! We have been very excited by our geoboards lately, and have been using them in a variety of ways.

Today, I broke out some graph paper and got to work designing a few sample Christmas designs which could be made on the geoboard. I did this completely on the fly while we were cleaning up from breakfast, so I'm sure it can be done in a much more professional way, but it was just fine with a "homemade look," too. Both Ben (6) and Ava (3) had a try recreating the designs I made, and all I did was draw a few designs on the graph paper with permanant marker. Don't you just love it when things fall into place?

We talked all about the shapes the children used while they were building their designs, and for my older child I have begun to ask the more technical questions about what really makes a shape a shape (equal sides, 90 degree angles, etc.). I love that this sort of higher level thinking flows so naturally from hands-on exploration of materials. 

Here's how the materials looked on the tray:

Our Christmas tree-
 Christmas star-
 Christmas wreath (I admit that I wish I'd had some green rubber bands on hand for this one)
 Christmas Candle-
Fun, right? :)

The kids continued to play after they had figured out each of my designs, and they created a few more of their own: a manger, a house with a chimney, a donkey (for Mary to ride on), a present with bow, a candy cane, and a sort of smiley face to show how happy everyone must have been when Jesus was born.

Do your kids like to play around with Geoboards?

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9 comments:

  1. I love how you tied math into Christmas shapes!! I hope you'll share this at my Preschool Christmas Party linky (http://preschoolpowolpackets.blogspot.com/2012/12/christmas-party-linky.html) too!

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  2. Oh how fun! We've had the geoboards out the last few days and I know my 6 year old would love this!

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  3. How fun ! I love geoboards, and keep saying that I am going to get one for my boys. Maybe I should add one to my Christmas shopping list. :-) Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Great ideas! I love the way holiday-themed activities add extra interest to subjects. I featured your post at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and pinned it to my Kids' Christmas Activities Pinterest Board at http://pinterest.com/debchitwood/kids-christmas-activities/

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  5. Thank you! We are about to do this. :) Kelly

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