My goal this year is to do more STEM projects with the boys. The saying goes that you reap what you sow, and if I want my boys to be CEOs of big tech companies (You know, the next Facebook or Apple or something.), I’ve got to lay the foundation now. Hey! I’ve got to retire somehow. 🙂 We’ve already got a few different projects going on that I’ll be highlighting over the next couple of weeks.
This week’s post is about math and counting. We spent the holidays at my parents’ place in Idaho, so it was a little harder to go all out for the boys. A few days before Christmas, my wife and I stopped over at Target to see if we could find some stocking stuffers. Every Target I’ve been to has a selection of items close to the entrance that are fairly inexpensive. These aisles are full of great impulse buys. We found a great counting and matching game next to the Star Wars and Spiderman socks.
There are twelve cookies and twelve spots on a cookie sheet. Each cookie has a certain number of chocolate chips, ranging from one to twelve, that corresponds to a numbered spot on the cookie sheet. J, my three-year-old, is has been excited about this toy. D, myone-year-old, is disappointed that the cookies don’t taste very good and are fuzzy instead of warm, gooey, and delicious. J is pretty good at using his finger to count the chips on the lower-numbered cookies, but he begins to lose interest when we move to more chocolate chips. For those cookies, I point to the chocolate chips, and J counts them.
All-in-all, it’s a good way to practice the lower numbers. The game is relatively small; it’s about 8″ x 12″. There are no chokeable pieces. And who doesn’t like chocolate cookies?