Sunday, May 5, 2013

Summer Learning - Magic Bean Math

Magic Bean Math - SunScholars Summer Program

I am excited to share with you another activity from my 12 Week Summer Learning Program.  If you like this activity, and are interested in filling your child's summer with more fun learning activities like this one, you won't want to miss my program.  You can learn more about it HERE.

This activity is inspired by the story of Jack and the Beanstalk.  Use some "magic" beans for some fun math practice!  With a bottle and some numbered beans, there are so many different math activities you can play.  My Fun With Fairytales kit shares this activity along with several others.  I love it, because it can be done with children of ALL ages.  So give your child a handful of beans and let's learn through play!

Magic Bean Math

Subjects:  Math
Time:  15+ min.
Suggested Materials:
  • Large Dried Beans
  • Fine-Tipped Black Marker/Sharpie
  • Plastic Bottle
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Magic Bean Math Worksheets HERE
Jack used his magic beans to grow a giant beanstalk. We are going to use them for some math fun! Grab a steady hand, a marker (a Sharpie works well), and a pile of large, dried beans (we used lima beans). Number the beans from 1-100. You may want to draw a line under the 6’s and 9’s to show which side is up. When your beans are numbered toss them into a dry, plastic bottle. Choose one of the activities below.

Cover the top of the bottle with a hand, give it a shake, spill out some beans, and…

For Younger Children
-  Arrange them in numerical order!
-  Sort them! How about Even vs. Odd, or less than 50 and greater than 50.

For Older Children
-  Add them all up!
-  Shake two at a time and multiply them!Locate the factors of numbers. Start with 10, then 5, then move onto 3, 4 or 6.

Summer Program - Magic Bean Math Worksheets

More Magic Bean Math

Subjects:  Math
Time:  15+ min.
Suggested Materials:
  • Large Dried Beans, Numbered (previous activity)
  • Plastic Bottle
  • Magic Bean Math Worksheets HERE
  • Glue
Grab your bottle of numbered beans  and select the most appropriate worksheet (Hundreds Chart found in the free download in the link above) for your child.  Select an activity below. 

For Younger Children
Have your child spill out one bean at a time and locate where on the chart that number belongs. Glue the bean in the appropriate square. Do this until all 100 beans are in place. 

For Older Children
1. Have your child place all of the beans on the Hundreds Chart in the appropriate place. DO NOT glue the beans! 
2. Next, have your child count by 2’s. Each time your child lands on a number (ie. 2, 4, 6, 8, and so on) you child will remove the bean from its place. 
3. Once through counting by 2’s, have your child move on to counting by 3’s, 4’s, 5’s, 6’s, 7’s, 8’s, 9’s, in the same way. Each time they land on a square with a bean, they remove the bean from the chart. 
4. In the end, your child will only have a select number of beans left on their chart (22 to be exact). Have your child glue these remaining beans on their chart. (An answer key is located on Pg. 22) 
5. Ask your child to look at the remaining numbers. Do they notice anything interesting?

What other ways can you use these Magic Beans for math fun?

From Week 8 ~ Fun With Fairytales of the 12 Week Summer Learning Program

Sun Scholars Summer Learning Program

Are you going to let me help you make this summer a great one?  Well, if you don't want to wait, you can purchase my entire 12 Week Summer Learning Program at my shop in the link below.

I'll have another fun idea for you from the Sun Scholars Summer Program next Sunday!
Have Fun Learning!

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