Hey guys! It has been a busy few weeks for me! I started a new job in April and have been so busy learning new things that I have not had a chance to write a new post! Additionally we just registered our four year old son in school!! With the excitement and momentum of registering him for school for September I decided to share a super cool math game for young school age children from our friends at Education.com. Check it out below!
Olympic Games for Kids
In first grade, students are developing their graphing skills. They’re learning how to record, organize, and show data. Of course, all of that can get a little dry. To spice it up, form your own Olympics committee and host The Olympic Games for Kids, right in your own backyard! Appoint your child statistician, and collecting data and showing the results on a graph will be serious fun. Let the games begin!
What You Need:
- Ball suitable for kicking
- Yard or play area
- Measuring tool (yardstick, tape measure)
- String or rope for a starting line
- Markers or crayons (at least 5 different colors)
What You Do:
- Set up a “Kick Ball” venue. Decide where to position the “kicking lane” and use a length of string to mark the starting line. Give each child five opportunities to kick the ball. After each kick, measure the distance and record it.
- Set up a bar graph. This will help your child show and compare her results. On the x-axis (the horizontal line) label the number of each kick, using ordinal numbers (1st, 2nd, etc.) On the y-axis (the vertical line) show the number of feet. Begin with 0 feet and then continue the numbers until you reach the number that is a few feet farther than your child’s farthest kick. You can show the numbers in increments of 2, 5, or 10. To create a grid, draw a horizontal line to the right of each number showing feet. Draw intersecting vertical lines to the right of each labeled kick (1st, 2nd, etc.).
- Record results. Show your child how to make bars on the graph showing the distance for each kick. Let your child color the boxes of each bar.
- Talk about the meaning of the graph. Compare the results with your child. Ask questions like, “Which kick shows the greatest distance? How do we know it from the graph?” (It shows the longest row). Ask which row shows the shortest kick, and how we can see that on a graph as well. Finally, show your child your preliminary recording of his kicking distances and and ask her to compare this with the bar graph you’ve made. Ask her which method of showing data is easier for her to understand. After your discussion is finished, be sure to congratulate your child on his success in Backyard Olympics!
- Once your child gets the hang of graphs, you’re ready to add more events to your Olympic games! In the summer months the long jump works well; so does swinging on monkey bars (How many bars can you reach in thirty seconds? One minute?); or jumping rope. If it’s cold out, you could hold a snowball throwing contest or play bocce ball and have the kids pretend they’re curling. Whatever you choose, keep a record and talk it over. You’re helping your child build crucial intellectual skills while using the power of her entire body.
Even though my son is only going into pre-k I will be using this game with him and tailoring it to his level. Guys thank you so much for reading this post! Leave your comments below and let me know what you think of this activity!