Muffin Tin Math
on May 8, 2012
Here’s one for you teachers and parents of young ones 🙂 This is a simple math activity that you can customize to the child’s skill level.
Simply grab a muffin tin and some small items to count. You can use things like beans, pasta, marshmallows, pom poms or buttons, the options are endless (especially if you hit the craft store!). The first example of this activity I found at Mess for Less.net. I love the use of disposables and the colorful button shapes totally rock!
Here’s a list of supplies…
- Muffin tin
- Muffin Cups (liners)
- Buttons or some other small objects
Here are her instructions…
Write some numbers on some muffin cups. I started with 4 and went through 9. For more of a challenge you can used a 12 count muffin cup and make bigger numbers. Place the numbered muffin cups in the muffin tin. Give your child an assortment of buttons or other small objects and have them put the appropriate number into each muffin tin.
You can expand on this by adding cups together and subtracting as well. For example pull out the 4 and 2 liners and and say 4 + 2 =_. And then the child can make their calculation and count the objects inside the two liners together to check their work! 🙂
The second example of this activity is from Geocities.com
. It was in their Valentine day activities but the principal is the same. I just wanted to show you one done in a regular muffin tin (not disposable). If you have a muffin tin you are willing to dedicate to this activity you can paint it or decorate it in a special theme of your choosing to keep in your activity center, game closet or class room! This one is done up for Valentine’s Day and uses cute little teddy bears with heart tummies 🙂 This could also make a neat gift for a Preschool or Kindergarten class room! Get creative and share the muffin tin love!!