Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Math By Fire

We did  an exciting math activity on this hot and balmy afternoon. I have to admit this isn't my idea; I saw this awesome math idea at Toddler Approved. First I put random numbers on flames of fire. Then I taped them to our garage (oh no I set the house on fire). Call you little fire-person to help put it out. Then with a hose they spray out the flames. The trick is they have to put out the flames that I tell them to giving them math hints. The math learning is endless. Here are some ways I told him to put out the flames:
  • call out an addition and they have to spray the answer. Example, put out the flame that is 5+2. So then he sprays the 7.
  • call out subtraction problems too (just like above)
  • have them count by 5s and spray the flames in the correct order (5,10,15, 20)
  • simple number identification ("A" gets 16 and 19 confused so I would say, "Hurry and put out 16)
  • even and odds -have them spray all the evens. Later call out odds.


  1. This is a wonderful way to work on math. What kid doesn't love playing with the hose?! Genius! Your son looks like he really got into the spirit!

  2. So glad you tried out our fire hose activity :) I LOVE your son's Fireman outfit. Adorable!

  3. Yay! Thanks for telling me where I got this amazing idea from. I will edit the post right now!!!

  4. This is genius! I'm definitely going to do this with my guy! :) Two things he loves, math and the hose. Perfect!

    Visiting from the It's Playtime hop! I would love it if you stopped by my blog to say hi! :)

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  5. I love how you were able to get into the head of a preschool boy. This is great!

  6. What a great idea - my boy would LOVE this!

  7. FUN! This is so creative - love that he is dressed up & enjoying so much fun learning.

    Thanks for sharing this on the Sunday Showcase - hope to see you this week.