Regular, unstructured play is important for kids. But there are those times when kids can use a little inspiration. Parents can help by giving old toys new life with purposeful play and a little bit of living math thrown in. It’s a great two for one—getting your money’s worth out of toys as well as a little learning in the living room.
Learning with LEGOS is a big movement online, but the living math principal can make a lesson out of everyday life. With a little imagination and some clever lesson plans, kids can be working on simple machines, problem solving, and fractions while having lots of fun. I was a tinker toy kid and didn’t even realize the concepts I covered while trying to make a catapult. Are you making the most of your child’s toys? How do you use toys to teach? Have you tried the living math method?
Some ideas and plans for purposeful play and living math:
Living math books:
Only One by Marc Harshman