Have you discovered the wonders of kinetic sand? We are in LOVE with it. The girls play with it while I read lessons. It is a wonderful way to keep little hands busy and brains engaged. One day I was planning what to do for our math lesson and saw the kinetic sand on the table. The result is the following eight ways to use kinetic sand for math.
8 Ways to Use Kinetic Sand for Math
1. Telling time
Next, use play-dough stampers to stamp the number onto the sand.
Finally, cut a coffee stir stick or pipe cleaner to length so it fits from the center of the circle to the number “3.” Cut another one half that length. Ask your child to show you various times by moving the sticks to where the hands of the clock should be for that time.
Ask your child to draw a shape with a popsicle stick by connecting the dots. Tell him that a line connecting two dots is defined as “1” for this activity. Then ask him to calculate the perimeter of the shape. He can count the number of lines connecting the dots.
Or you can ask him to calculate the area of the shape. He can count the number of squares inside the shape.
Molds for the kinetic sand are a fun way to learn about shapes. We enjoy using these two sets.
You can make various 3D shapes and talk about the shape and how it is similar or different from other shapes.
You can also use the shapes to make patterns.
Have your child fill a container and cut the resulting shape into pieces. You could work on counting the pieces. You could also roll balls and count the balls.
7. Fractions and Percentages
You can use kinetic sand to practice fractions. Use a mold to make a shape such as a square or rectangle. Here are several activities for fraction practice.
- Practice cutting the shape into equal pieces.
- Talk about how many pieces you have and what fractional portion one shape would be, such as if you have six pieces, one piece is one-sixth of the whole.
- Have your child crush a few of the pieces and talk about what fraction is remaining. For example, if he began with six pieces and he crushed two pieces, he would have four-sixths remaining.
- Have your child cut one piece in half, then each piece in half again. Talk about halves and quarters or that each piece is fifty percent or twenty-five percent, respectively.
You can use measuring spoons and measuring cups with the kinetic sand. Have your child practice counting how many quarter cups are in one cup or how many tablespoons are in a quarter cup.
Find more math manipulative and game suggestions in the math manipulative post series.