While spending time with your loved ones, Thanksgivings is a great opportunity to help your children practice important school readiness skills.
Math Activities at Thanksgiving Time
If you are in charge of the holiday meal, as I am, then you will be visiting the grocery store several times in preparation. The bags and bags of groceries you bring home can provide items for practicing math skills in a fun and unique way.
Counting – Explain to your child that you will be buying more food than usual as you prepare the Thanksgiving dinner. Ask him to count the number of items that you bring home from each shopping trip. You or your child can write the number on a piece of paper with the date of the shopping trip and compare it to the amount you buy on another trip to the grocery store. Then, encourage your child to practice counting backwards he helps you put the cans, jars and boxes into the cupboard.
Pattern making – The cans, boxes and jars you have at home can now be used to create a pattern. Tell your child to make a pattern using the basic shapes of the items as his guide that repeats several times and then you can try to guess the pattern. Children can have fun as they create a long pattern that extends across an entire room. This is one time when it is okay to put food on the floor!
If your child is not interested in math concepts, you can try using more general Thanksgiving worksheets to spark his interest. Pictures that represent the Thanksgiving holiday can make worksheets seem special. After all, these are appropriate for just a few short weeks each year.
I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends.
Renee shares tips for working with young children at www.schoolsparks.com where she offers a free kindergarten readiness test parents can take to assess their child’s readiness to start school plus hundreds upon hundreds of free kindergarten worksheets for parents to use at home with their children.