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Make your own wind measuring thingy aka “wind meter” (and do some math)

Free activity home made math Measurement Multiage Outside Tutorial Weather

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Make your own wind measuring thingy aka “wind meter” (and do some math)

I’m surely not the only one who plays the “I don’t know”/”God makes it happen” card when faced with the “where does the wind come from” question? Oh cringe, I know, such a cop out, but no longer! No, because now I know! I found a fabulous how to make a wind meter article, filled with clearly explained information on wind, and how it works.  You can find the article at Scientific American HERE. There’s plenty of problem solving, measuring and spatial awareness going on whilst you making these (and the dinosaurs and bikes they also inspired my daughter to...

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Shape and Geometry Walks for ALL Ages!

Free activity home made math Multiage Outside

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Shape and Geometry Walks for ALL Ages!

Today's post is all about everyone's favourite Charlotte Mason quote... you know that one! A shape walk or hunt is often used in the early years to get kids actively looking for shapes in their environment. If you have a multiage setting or just a teenager who likes to get outdoors you can make a geometry walk at any age. This post is a list of ideas for toddlers to around grade 10. I plan to expand these to individual blog posts, so this is just an overview to spark your imagination. Of course these ages are a guide (based on...

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FREE ACTIVITY: How much heavier is a Sea Cow than you?

Balance Scales Early Intermediate Free activity home made math Jungle Book Measurement

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FREE ACTIVITY: How much heavier is a Sea Cow than you?

This measurement activity uses scaled models as weights and balanced scales to find your weight in relation to the weight of one Sea Cow. Great for visual, hands on learners, we are looking at weight as well as introducing multiplication/division and ratio. It is designed for 8-10 year olds but go with what you feel your child is up to and adjust as required. Of course you can use any animal to make the comparison just research their weight and follow the steps using this new weight :) This activity is part of The Mathematics of the Jungle Book Unit...

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{Tutorial} How to make the easiest trundle wheel ever!

Free activity home made math Multiage Trundle Wheel Tutorial

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{Tutorial} How to make the easiest trundle wheel ever!

A trundle wheel is a measuring tool. Basically it is a wheel that helps to record the distance travelled. More complex wheels have a recording mechanism but the basic wheels (that you might remember using in school) click every interval. You count these clicks to determine the distance travelled. 

Once you have a trundle wheel you can complete large scale measuring activities with ease. They're useful for map making, trigonometry activities, or speed activities such as Panther Run.

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Free Activity: Equal Weights Fruit Cake and other recipes for balance scales

Balance Scales Beginner Free activity home made math Little House Measurement Recipe

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Free Activity: Equal Weights Fruit Cake and other recipes for balance scales

The final activity in the Little House in the Big Woods Unit is a cooking activity using balance scales. If you don't have balance scales you can easily make your own, in fact if you become a subscriber to home made math I'll send you a quick guide on how to do just that! Scroll down to the footer and pop your email in the subscribe box... it is ok I'll still be here when you've done it, off you go ;) Balance scales offer a visual understanding of weight/mass to early learners. They allow them to understand that items...

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