Even before a child is writing the number sentences, they can start learning the basics with manipulatives. Make 2 piles of rocks and ask your child how many rocks they have all together. Or, start with a small group of 3 rocks. Ask your child to add 2 more to the pile, and then ask them how many they have all together. It can be a very simple way to sneak in a bit of math practice.
Other fun ways to use rocks:
*Practice subtraction. Start with a pile of 7 rocks and ask your child to take away 3 rocks. How many do they have left?
*Use the rocks to help when adding 3 or more numbers together.
*Do you have toddlers or preschoolers? Use them simply to learn how to count. Help them count a small pile of rocks. Or, ask them to collect 10 rocks.
Have you ever practiced math with rocks?
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