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Math with Nature

What you'll need

  • A large woodslice or a tray. 
  • A ruler
  • Different length crystals

The process

  1. Measuring the crystals along the ruler. Identifying both the cm and mm value.
  2. Placing the crystals on the woodslice or tray, in an order of the child's choosing. Small - big or big - small. 

A great way to introduce basic measurements. This can be applied to measuring other natural objects. Perhaps different length sticks.
When ready, extend the activity to addition, subtraction and finding the average length.

We have also used rocks, mini wood slices, sticks and tumbled crystals for teaching times tables by asking our children to group lots and add them together.