Aside from my obsession with new recipes and saving money, my whole goal in life is to trick my second-grader into thinking learning is fun. His teachers have mastered the art of deception. I … on the other hand … well, I’m working on it. Here’s the proof.
My mother-in-law served up Danimals Smoothies during a recent
visit and my sons instantly fell in love with the little yogurty drinks. The next week
when I hit the grocery store, I couldn’t resist buying a pack.
It didn’t take
very long before I came to admire the cute shape of the bottles and went to the
recycling bin to rescue them. With a little red ribbon, a paper-maché
Christmas ball, and a cardboard box, I was ready to make a math activity sure
to bowl my son over. (ha ha)
I painted the Christmas ball with acrylic paint, clipped the hanging string
off, and added three black dots to simulate the finger-holes in a bowling ball.
This ball worked perfectly because, like a real bowling ball, it didn’t have
Then I handed my son the 10 empty Danimals bottles and had
him peel off the labels. I added a ring of ribbon with hot glue. Next, we placed some star stickers on the bottom of the shallow cardboard box where the pins should sit and
cut one short side of the rectangular box off.
I gave my son a worksheet I’d made and let him bowl away. He
rolled twice, recording the number of pins he knocked down each time. Then he
added the numbers together to total the pins that he knocked down in the frame. Note: Someone will need to remove the knocked-over pins after each roll and reset them at the end of the frame. After six frames, he added the numbers together. (I gave him a 1-100 numbers grid for help.)
He played four games (whoa!) and asked to forego a new activity the
following day to bowl some more. Thanks to this game, he’s getting better at
bowling AND addition!