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          GRADES K-2
      Summer Math Activities
                      Fun Activities to Try

A deck of cards can provide lots of math fun! Remove the Kings,
Queens, Jacks, and tens from the deck and Aces can represent
the number 1. Some activities are: Choose 2 cards and make the
biggest/smallest number. Take 2 cards and add or subtract them
(can include the 10’s for this). Take a number of cards and
arrange them from the lowest to highest number or from highest
to lowest. Play Go Ten - just like Go Fish, but you are looking to
have 2 cards with the sum of 10, so if I have a 3 I would ask for a
7 to make 10 – or you can choose the sum of 11 or 12 - (you can
have the 10’s in for this game). Choose 4 cards and make an
addition or subtraction problem with two 2-digit numbers. For 2
players: each takes 2 cards and creates a 2-digit number and
whoever has the greatest (or least) number wins! You can also try
the same game with three cards! You can also draw a card, put
the number on paper and each time you draw, add the new number
to the last, and first to reach 100 wins! Or you can do the
opposite by starting at 100 and subtract the number you draw
and first to 0 wins!
Your family is sure to think of some other great games to play!!

Estimation – Encourage estimation by filling different sized clear
containers with various objects. For example, you might fill a
small jar with cereal and then have your child estimate how many
there are. After the estimate is made (parents and siblings can
estimate, too) count the items together. You might want to use a
special way of organizing counted items – in groups of 5’s or 10’s.
Then use different items in the same jar and also use containers
of different sizes with varied items.
Origami (paper folding) is a fun way to practice counting and
shapes. After folding the paper you can ask – What shape do you
see? How many of them do you see? Then after the next fold,
you can ask – Did the shape change? What new shape do you see?
Did we make more of the same shape? How many do you see now?
Books on Origami can be found at the public library.

Use toothpicks to form numbers – just like on a digital clock!
Have your child make their own numbers and show addition and
subtraction problems. Also, you can have your child make
numbers to fit the clues you give: Make a number that has a 2 in
the tens place. Make a number that is greater (less) than _____.

Green Pea Math – Green peas and toothpicks will keep your child
busy for hours forming various 3-dimensional shapes. Buy a bag
of Goya green peas (very inexpensive at the local food store),
soak in cold water overnight, drain, and now your child can use the
peas to connect toothpicks (poke the toothpicks into the peas) to
create many interesting 3-D shapes.

Going to the beach? Have your child (the whole family can help)
collect various shells. These shells can be used for sorting
activities: Place the shells into groups according to size, shape,
color, or have your child create a way the shells can be sorted.
The shells can also be used as counters to create story problems.
I had 7 shells and found 5 more. How many shells do I have now?
I have 12 shells – how can I divide them to share with 3 friends?

Money –Let your child handle real money to practice counting.
Give your child some change and let them sort and then count to
see how much money is there is.
Graphing – The small individual bags of candy ( M&M’s or
Skittles) are great to graph. Have your child create a graph (bar
or picture) showing how many of each color candy are in his/her
bag. Don’t forget to have your child create a title for the graph.

Measurement – Encourage your child to measure various objects
by challenging him/her to find one object to represent the
measurements you provide. For example: find an object that is
2 inches long, an object that is 5 centimeters long, and an object
that is 4 inches long. This can be a nature scavenger hunt by
having your child find these objects outside!
                             Summer Reading
A great summer activity for parents and children is to sit down and read
a good book. There are many books that present math themes in an
interesting and enjoyable way! Take the following titles with you to the
library to help you find books that contain specific math topics and
would be of interest to you. ENJOY!

Calendar Connections
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Alligators and Others all Year Long! A book of Months
When This Box is Full
Chicken Soup and Rice
How Do You Say It Today, Jesse Bear?
Month by Month a Year Goes Round
Calendar Bears: A Book of Months
Snowy Flowy Blowy: A Twelve Months Rhyme
A Busy Year
Day by Day A Week Go Round

Counting and Number Sense
Count Your Way Through Series
Counting Crocodiles
Feast for 10
From One to One Hundred
How Many Feet in the Bed?
How Many Feet? How Many Tails?: A Book of Math Riddles
How Much is a Million?
Mice Twice
One Gorilla: A Counting Book
One Watermelon Seed
Ten, Nine, Eight
The Icky Bug Counting Book
Two Crazy Pigs
Two Ways to Count to Ten

More Math Magic
Henry the Fourth
Emily’s First 100 Days of School
A Fair Bear Share
The April Rabbits
Counting on Frank
98,99,100! Ready or Not, Here I Come
100th Day Worries

Addition and Subtraction
12 Ways to Get to 11
Domino Addition
Elevator Magic
Fish Eyes: A Book You Can Count On
Jelly Beans for Sale
The Shopping Basket
Monster Math Picnic
Ten Sly Piranhas
The Candy Counting Book
One Hundred Hungry Ants
One Guinea Pig is Not Enough

Multiplication and Division
2 x 2 = Boo
A Remainder of One
Bunches and Bunches of Bunnies
Divide and Ride
One Hungry Cat
Seventeen Kings and 42 Elephants

How Big is a Foot?
How Big is Big?
Inch by Inch
Jim and the Beanstalk
Measuring Penny
Much Bigger Than Martin
Te Biggest Fish
The Best Bug Parade
The Fattest, Tallest, Biggest Snowman Ever
Super Sand Castle Saturday
Bats Around the Clocl
Clocks and More Clocks
Game Time
Get Up and Go!
Just a Minute
Just in Time
Monster Math School Time
Telling Time with Big Momma Cat
The Clock Book
The Sleepy Owl

Fraction Fun
Eating Fractions
Fraction Action
Gator Pie
Give Me Half!
Jump, Kangaroo, Jump!
The Doorbell Rang
The Hershey’s Milk Chocolate bar Fractions Book
26 Letters and 99 Cents
A Chair for My Mother
A Quarter From the Tooth Fairy
Alexander Who Used to be Rick Last Sunday
Arthur’s Funny Money
Benny’s Pennies
Bunny Money
How Much is that Guinea Pig in the Window?
How the Second Grade Got $8205.50
If You Made a Million
Jelly Beans for Sale
Let’s Find Out About Money
The Penny Pot: Counting Coins

Geometry & Spatial Sense
Bear in a Square
Changes, Changes
Circles, Triangles, and Squares
Color Farm
Cubes, Cones, Cylinders, & Spheres
Eight Hands Around: A Patchwork Alphabet
Grandfather Tang’s Story
Pigs On the Ball: Fun With Math and Sports
Round and Square
Shapes, Shapes, Shapes
So Many Circles, So Many Squares
Ten Bright Eyes
The Greedy Triangle
The Secret Birthday Message
The Silly Story of Goldilocks and the Three Squares
Three Pigs, One Wolf, and Seven Magic Shapes

Patterns & Sequencing
A Pair of Socks
Beep Beep, Vroom Vroom!
Button Box
Lots and Lots of Zebra Stripes: Patterns in Nature
Rabbitls Pajama Party
The Very Hungry Caterpillar