Hello, my name is Caryl-Ann and I’m a parent and lifestyle blogger at http://crazytotsandme.com
First of all, I would like to thank Deborah for having me guest post on her blog. Today I will be writing about a simple activity I tried at home with my daughter Krystabelle to help her with sums.
I’m always looking for new fun ideas that I can do at home with Krystabelle to help with her education. I was searching through Pinterest not long ago when I came across cupcake sums.
I thought it looked fab and definitely a fun way to teach adding up and subtracting to young children. I knew Krystabelle would love this so thought I would try it myself.
All you need for this activity are:
Cupcake liners ( any colour will do ) we used rainbow coloured ones.
Pom Poms ( a variety of different colours and sizes
A black marker ( or any colour )
This activity really was very simple to do, first of all, I gathered all the items together and spread them out on a tray. In each cupcake liner, I wrote down all the sums. I used both adding and subtracting.
Both Krystabelle and I sat down together on the floor and I started off by asking her some of the sums. Some answers she knew straight away and loved picking up the pom poms and filling each of the liners up with them.
For the harder adding up numbers, Krystabelle would add the pom poms from each of the numbers into the cupcake liners and then count them all together to find out the answer to the ones she didn’t know.
Not only does this activity help children with their math skills but it also helps with fine motor skills too due to having to concentrate when picking up the pom poms and dropping them into the cupcake liners.
Krystabelle enjoyed this activity so much, I’m a great believer in the term ‘learning through play.’