Most of the leaves on our trees have turned pretty shades of red, yellow, and orange have yours? With Fall in full swing I wanted to use these exciting changes as a way to spark some interest in nature and math. When children are in the middle grades they fret over fractions but if you start young and introduce fractions in a playful way it won’t be as intimidating later on.
What You Will Need
- leaves of all different colors
- contact paper
How To Make The Puzzles
- Make sure there is no moisture on the leaves by blotting them between paper towels.
- Carefully cut each leaf in two.
- Lay a piece of contact paper sticky side up on your table.
- Lay the leaves down on it leaving a space between the two halves of each leaf.
- Press a 2nd sheet of contact paper on top.
- Cut the leaves out.
How To Use The Puzzles
- Place the puzzle pieces in a tray or on a table and match one up as an example.
- Ask your child to come over and “fix these leaves”. Ask them if they can find the other half. The leaves have all been cut into 2 halves and you need to make it whole again. Using the proper terminology goes a long way to create a good foundation for understanding.