Monday, May 16, 2011

sneaky math: princess style



I am not a princess-y kinda girl.  I’ve always been more tomboy-ish.  Into sports and mucking stalls to earn free riding lessons.  My dad used to tease that I was the only person he knew who enjoyed scooping horse poo.  That was me.


But Binti (Swahili – daughter) is different.  She’s naturally drawn to all things glittery and girly.  A little Fashionista in the making.  Much more interested in what she’s wearing to school than the actual school part. 


:: smile ::  


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So when she asked if we could have a Painting Party I decided to sneak some math concepts into the fun. 


I let her choose two colors to create our first pattern. 


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And then asked if we invited two more colors to the party how many would that make?


Definitely a more Kinesthetic Learner having her little mitts on the nail polish bottles helped her quickly figure out the answer. 


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We also worked a little subtraction in the mix every time she changed her mind on a particular choice.  She’s very fickle with her color loves. 


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I even let her paint my toe nails (I’ll spare your eyes with NO pictures of my hobbit feet!).  She painted each a different color. 


And never knew she was building some math skills along the way! 



for more fun math ideas check out Math Box Monday at love2learn2day