Our mailboxes and newspapers have started to fill up with the toy guides for the holidays. I must admit I do allow my children to take a peek at them and see what’s out there. I’m always curious to see what sparks their interest in the toy guides. Here’s a fun way to make it about math too and not just the gifts.
Using Toy Guides for Math
Before we start you might be thinking…. Am I opening a can of worms allowing your child to skim through all the toy guides for the holiday season… maybe. Yes if you already know what you’re giving your child for the holidays you’ll probably skip this activity but there’s a chance you still may want to do it with your child as you consider reaching out to others this holiday season.
However if you’re like many of us we’re trying to decide between a few choices for the holiday and would love a little input from our child’s interest. Plus it helps them to understand that value of the things they do receive for a gift. Toy Gift guides can do just that BUT they can also be a great MATH ACTIVITY for kids. Test it out and see if you give them a budget of a specific amount how they would choose to spend their money?
Math Activity with Holiday Gift Guides
- Holiday gift guides- (Multiple copies is best to allow for cutting)
- Marker or Pen
Encourage your child to cut out the toys of interest from the catalogs
If desired you can use contact paper or packaging tape to cover to last longer
Create a budget amount to pretend shopping with
Encourage your child to figure out the math to see what items would fit in that budget
Using Toy Guides for Giving Inspiration
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