Perk-up ideas

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These activities will enable children to focus on their senses  and make learning mathematical tables fun!

Duration: 
01 hours 00 mins
Introduction: 

Our senses allow us to experience the world and all the information that is available. We are able to enjoy food, music or beauty all because of our senses. The activity here allows children to focus on them individually. Another activity makes learning tables fun!

Objective: 
  • To encourage group activity
  • To improve communication skills through discussion
  • Hands on activity will reinforce concepts
Activity Steps: 

Lower or Upper Kindergarten

You can use this to teach the children about the five senses. Draw a simple face on the blackboard, like this:   Ask the children what the person does with each part, e.g with what does he see the ice-cream?

He sees the ice cream with his eyes!

With what does he hear the ice cream man’s wagon?

His ears!

… and so on.

Add on hands and feet for the sense of touch. Ask them to draw their own pictures in their books and get a few to repeat the sense functions, pointing at their pictures or at the one on the blackboard.

As an alternative, you can draw a blank face and add the eyes, ears, etc., as you get the answers from the children.

Class 2 or 3

Repeating the multiplication table can become quite a chore, but it’s something that has to be done, nonetheless. Don’t you think it might make some difference if you added a bit of colour to the numbers? Here’s how you do it:

Colour code the numbers from 0 to 9 (e.g. 0 = red, 1 = yellow, 2 = green, 3 = blue, 4 = black, 5 = orange, 6 = purple, 7 = grey, 8 = brown, 9 = pink). Put up the colour code on the board, where all the children can see it. Choose any muliplication table that needs practice and make a diagram like this: (the arrows stand for multiplication signs).

Ask the children to copy it down. Make sure they all have crayons or colour pencils. Instead of writing in numbers, ask them to fill in the colour code.

(e.g. 9 x 12 = 108 = yellow-red-brown).

This article first appeared in Teacher Plus, Issue No.4, January-February 1990 and has been adapted here with changes.

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