Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Geometry play and misc activities

Our activities in the previous evening with J1:
- Skip counting by 6 using the 100 board and colored tiles
- arranging the fraction board pieces
- playing with the geometry pack (see below)
- talking about parallel and perpendicular lines
- talking about different triangle shapes
- talking about circles of different sizes
- playing the tidy-up game (take away 3) including a miscalculation by Daddy that allowed J1 to win!

The RightStart math pack came with a lot of fun toys.  One that we just opened was a little geometry kick.
It had a board and T-square:

And a safety compass (which I'd never seen before, but found pretty cool):

And two drafting triangles: 30-60-90 and 45-45-90 (which I didn't manage to photograph). You can also see in the previous pictures our fraction board with a one-unit length divided into 1, 2, 3, ..., 10 equal pieces.

The big focus, though, was just making an interesting picture (shown as work-in-progress):


When playing Robot Turtles the other day, we noticed a cardboard grid that held the playing pieces when the game was manufactured.  some brilliant mind (not mine!) had kept this instead of throwing it away. We will see what uses it finds, but have already come up with two: as a grid for the traffic lights game (see here http://3jlearneng.blogspot.com/2014/06/traffic-lights.html) and this nice pattern from J2

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