Learning, in its truest form, begins when a child is in the womb and never really halts throughout one’s life.
While teaching styles have evolved over the years, the emphasis on rote memorisation and rigidity in teaching methods has reduced.
The one way that has proven to be the best form of teaching, is the play way method – the one which ensures that a child is not made to feel burdened with certain concepts. But he is allowed to do what he loves doing and learning happens alongside.
This method of teaching and learning is especially effective when introducing numbers and pre–number concepts at an early age. A good grounding in Mathematics is an essential life skill, the foundation of which is laid at an early age.
At home we prefer to scribble through pages and paint with any tool we can get our hands on and, somewhere in between,learning takes place too.
Here are five simply structured Math Activities you can do, at home, for preschooler who loves to paint and colour:
1) Paint the Millipede
2) How many seeds in a slice
Cut out as many slices of watermelon as you like and paint them. But don’t paint the seeds just as yet. Write a number next to each slice and ask your child to either paint, draw or paste black stickers to draw seeds on the watermelon.
3) Candles on the cake
Who does not like to colour big cakes? Using a pencil or a pen pencil, give the child a drawing book and let him draw and colour as many cakes as they’d like and then tell them to draw the candles according to the age of the birthday boy/girl.
4) Paint your own canvas
Hand over a medium sized Camlin Canvas to your child and ask him to tape it lengthwise and breadthwise in parallel lines. Even if the lines aren’t parallel, the canvas will look great.
5) Create a number line
Paint colourful flowers with your child and write numbers from 1 till 20 on each flower. Paste them on a popsicle stick to make 20 flowers. Now lay green clay from the Camel Modelling Clay set and arrange the popsicle sticks on the clay,numerically.
For a young child you can start with 0 and number till 5 or 10. For older kids the same activity can be used for skip counting.
These are our current favourite number activities that involve playing with paints and colours. In my opinion when art is integrated in learning, it does not only become fun but also permanent and practical. There is a galore of possibilities. Let’s keep the experimentation going!