Learning and growing occurs in our backyard garden every day. Math is a great academic connection and we are fortunate to have a guest post from a fellow hands-on, play loving, cultural mum of 2 young children here with us today. As part of the KIDS IN THE GARDEN series, the author of “The Fairy and the Frog,” shares how she encourages her children to recognize numbers, count found objects, and record their findings in a journal in this easy-to-do garden activity. ~ Amanda
Counting in the Garden
Learning outside can be super fun.
We live in flat so we don’t have a garden, but we’re lucky enough to have an allotment and a Grandma who lives near by with a garden which we regularly play in. Both feature regularly as venues for outside pretend play and fun.
The Fairy loves isn’t keen on writing for ‘the sake it’ but if there is a purpose she is much keener. When I suggested that I challenged her to find out how many things were in Grandma’s garden she was very excited and even suggested writing a list of things to hunt for.
After thinking about what was in the garden we drew a chart. She decided we’d hunt for flowers, trees, mini beasts and birds.
Then we went hunting.
We used a clip board to help keep our writing and our numbers neat.
Ways to extend this activity
- use a tally chart rather than writing the number.
- have a garden hunt in a neighbour’s garden and compare what you find.
- have a garden hunt at different times of the year.
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This post is brought to you by The Fairy and The Frog. The Fairy and The Frog’s mum wears many hats, as well as being a mum of 2, an avid coffee drinker and keen (but not always successful) gardener, she is also a pediatric Speech and Language Therapist (Pathologist) and blogger.