I’m so glad that I lined up some guest posts for this summer. It’s been crazy with us packing to move, having our house on the market, and saying bye to friends and family. I am going on very little sleep, and getting this post ready for tomorrow while we are on the road traveling to Virginia where we will spend a couple of days with family before we continue on our way to Florida. Today’s guest post includes a craft and free printable! Go give Rachel from You’ve Got This some blog love as she spent a lot of time putting this together for the readers here on Creative K Kids!
It is summer time, and the majority of our children are not participating in formal learning right now. Learning shouldn’t stop over the hot days of summer though, and a fun craft can easily sneak in some review work. This was a fun activity we enjoyed and we were able to get some learning in too!
We found this adorable book at the library called Race Car Count. I had to grab it off the shelve. Why not, it has math, race cars, and reading. I loved it (yes I was judging the book by its cover…but in a good way), and I knew ALL my boys would love it too. And I was right.
It is a simple book with fun language and bright, colorful pictures. Each page focuses on a different race car and their number.
Well the big boys don’t need any help with their numbers one through ten, but it was exactly what the twins (2) need. They were fascinated as the race cars thundered , roared and swerved through the pages to reach the finish line. Big B, my boy twin, kept asking is this an 8? Is this a 6? Is this a 3? While Little B, girl twin, kept counting the race cars in her sweet little voice. Even after we finished reading, the four of them scoured through the pages studying the designs and colors of the different race cars.
Next came the fun part. Designing a race car of their own.
To save paper, I let the boys come to the computer and choose the body style they wanted. I only printed that page, and the twins got whatever was left over. As they were cutting out the body parts of their car, we talked about the shapes. The shape C, my 4 year old, choose was a pentagon, but we were able to discuss that there was a shape inside the pentagon with six sides. In no shape form or fashion does that shape look like a regular hexagon, so you can imagine the conversation that flowed as we discussed what a regular hexagon looks like versus what this hexagon looks like. N figured out that he had two shapes also. He had an oval and a quadrilateral. He used our quadrilateral chart on the wall to figure out that it was a trapezoid.
We then choose which windshield we wanted to add, and discussed what shapes they found on the part they choose. The babies just had a blast pointing to their choice, and then getting to glue it on.
Next, everyone choose the eyes they wanted for their race car, and we cut those out and glued them on the windshields.
There were only a few parts left, and it went pretty quick. We glued on the spoiler (I showed this to them in the book, and we figured out which cars had it and didn’t.) Then we added the numbers. As I worked with the twins I repeatedly said the number they were gluing on. It was a quick, and easy way of working on number recognition with them. And since everything is a competition, I heard my older boys discussing who had the highest number. Well, that counts as comparison, so SCORE for getting a little math in there. Finally they choose their tires, and the cutting and pasting part was over.
Before we move on, here is a quick management tip. I kept the stack of papers with the car parts next to me. Once everyone was finished cutting and pasting on one part we would move the scraps to a pile. Only then would I pass out the next part. This kept the, “I can’t find my paper,” or “What part are we doing now” to a bare minimal.
At this point the twins were done, and ran off to play, missing what I though was the best part….the decorating. We grabbed our paint brushes and paint, and the boys went to town. I loved seeing how carefully they worked on the small spaces, and didn’t just paint the whole thing one color. Little B came back to join us and had a blast filling her car with do-a-dot spots.
Here are our final products:
Want to see how we used our cars to play a game and work on comprehension and story recall? Check it out HERE!!!
Get your free printable HERE, and enjoy this fun story with a chance to learn a little math.
Here’s some more information about Rachel from You’ve Got This:
I’m Rachel Capes, a mama to a 6 and 4 year old boy and their 2 year old twin siblings. I have been blessed to be able to homeschool my six year old this year, and I’m looking forward to adding my four year old as he starts kindergarten in August. I blog mainly about the math I’m doing with my boys, as well as the math I did with my upper elementary kiddos for the 12 years I was a teacher and math coach at a public school.