Let's make learning maths fun for your children… For today's exercise, we are going to learn how to count and use limes / lemons, or anything that your children can reach from the supermarket shelf.
In order for children to really understand what they are learning, apply knowledge through everyday interactions and experiences.
For younger children
For today's exercise – learning how to count up to 20. Visit the supermarket and get your child to drop 20 lemons in the plastic bag. You can hold the bag for him/her and get her to count out loud – while putting the limes/lemons into the bag.
Count out loudly…1….2….3… until 20.
For older children, you can ask them about:
- Shape of lime – is it an oval or round?
- Texture – let them feel the texture, press and rub the surface
- Taste – cut out some lemon / lime and get them to taste it at home. What was it like? Can they label the sensation?
- Smell – can they smell the lime before cutting and after cutting? Can they label the smell? Is it a happy smell? i.e. a smell that they like?
- Sight – What is the colour, or what are the colours of the limes? It is green? yellow?
Use everyday experiences and interactions to open up communication with your children, while empowering them to learn through fun.
Remember, learning is not just about sitting down with books, pens or pencils, or sitting in front of the computer. Learning is about interacting, communicating, inquiring and understanding how things function and work, i.e. why does a lime taste sour? Is it alkaline or acidic in nature? Why is the skin green? Why do you think the texture is shinny?
You can also use the image and make a colouring page for your younger children. Click here to download, and have fun colouring in.
Create opportunities to experience life and challenge them to think and explore.
Have a fun day with your children.