Cotton Ball Snowball Math and Art Activities
After explaining that we were going to pretend that the cotton balls were snow balls, I presented this paper to my daughter, counted with her as I pointed to each number symbol and told her that she could glue a snow ball onto each circle to show how many each number represented. “See, there is one circle for “1”, there are two circles for “2”, and so on.I did have to show her how much glue to use so that she had the information to try it herself-just giving her a glue bottle with no guidelines could have been disastrous! (This then becomes an exercise in gluing too.) This is her finished work:
After these structured learning activities, we needed to do something creative, so using the cotton balls again, I encouraged my son to make a winter scene. I picked up the snowflake stickers from the dollar aisle at Target and already had glitter glue. (You can find similar snowflake stickers at Amazon.)
All I said to him was, “You can use the cotton balls as snowballs and make a winter picture.” He designed the rest. I did have to help him make the snowman’s face with the glitter glue. It was a cute piece of art that blended creativity with fine motor skills. (I think my kids were on a snowman kick, because we ended up reading Snowmen At Night about 25 times over the month!)
Enjoy your time at home!