Sponge Maths

I haven’t blogged about any activities that we’ve done lately because to be honest, I haven’t had the energy to ‘plan’ anything and I couldn’t face the mess, but the fog is beginning to lift now, so there will hopefully be more activities to come!

Yesterday’s ‘activity’ was completely child led and spontaneous, which is the best sort of activity, as you know it is something they’re completely engaged with as they have come up with the idea them self. To be honest, I wouldn’t have even thought of this so was pretty impressed by the imagination and creativity of a nearly three-year-old!

I was in the kitchen cleaning up after breakfast, and Harrison came rushing in telling me he needed a sponge. I opened the cupboard where all the sponges and cloths are kept for him to get one out. He dashed out into the playroom, got his bucket and came running back and filled it with all the sponges.

I followed him into the living room, intrigued as to what he was planning to do with them. He carefully got his table and started to stack the sponges according to colour, explaining them to Alex. Alex was more interested in whacking the stacks over, so I thought I better intervene to stop world war three breaking out!

We had a good hour of fun and discussion with the sponges, and then when nanny came a bit later they were played with all over again.

Here is what we did:

We stacked and sorted according to colour and made steps for our fingers to walk up and down.

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We counted them.

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We built towers.

We talked about which was the biggest tower and which was the smallest.

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We moved them around, using vocabulary such as ‘one more/one less’.

An incredible amount of important numeracy skills – all from a cheap pack of sponges!!

What would you do with them?

Sponge Maths

3 thoughts on “Sponge Maths

  1. Kids always have the best ideas don t they?!?
    After that we d do sponge painting with them! You could make a great dinosaur with them.

  2. Glad the fog is lifting! Kids do have the best imaginations. I think i would try to teach them how to do some housework with the sponges afterwards, though i dont reckon i would get far!

  3. It is amazing how the simplest or cheapest of house hold items can be used for a learning or creative activity! I often cut these sponges into different shapes for sponge painting. You can pick up packs of 12 for less than £1 from shops like Pound Stretchers or B&Ms!

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