First Grade Math Games to Teach Basic Skills

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Photo Courtesy - Cheryl

When your first grader is just starting to learn math, he needs as much practice as he can get. Here are two easy games that teach counting, sorting, number recognition and other basic math skills. Easy to put together and fun to play - what more could you want out of a first grade math game?

You will need
• 10 plastic jars or small containers that are safe to play with
• Craft foam in different colors or sandpaper.
• Glue or tape
• Scissors
• A large quantity of small objects such as die, beads, marbles, buttons, tiny toy cars, etc. Try and use as many kinds of objects as you can.

Preparation
• Cut out the numbers 1-10 from the craft foam or sandpaper and glue them onto the tops of the jars.
• Fill the jars with small objects corresponding to the number on top. If you’re adapting this first grade math game for a younger child, make sure the objects in each jar are the same color. For older kids, you could try and put a variety of colors or types of objects in each jar.

First Grade Math Game # 1 – Learning Numbers
Note – If your child has mastered the numbers 1-10, use bigger ones instead.
Take a jar and ask your child to trace his fingers on the number on top, the way he would write it. Have him say the number out loud and spell it. Next, ask him to tip the contents out and count them back into the jar, calling out each number as it goes in. Tip the contents out again and help him arrange them in different patterns on a table. Show him that regardless of how the objects are arranged, their number remains the same when you put them back into the jar.

First Grade math Game # 2 – Sorting and Classifying
Tip out the contents of 3 jars and have your child sort and classify them into groups; encourage him to use categories like color, shape, type, etc. Once he’s done, ask him to count them back into their respective jars. If your child is advanced for his age or loves a challenge, tip out the contents of all 10 jars together on the table. Now, challenge him to sort them out correctly, if he can.

These first grade math games can be tweaked to suit the learning needs of different ages. We would love to know how you used them!

It's Egg-citing! 3 Science Fair Project Ideas with Eggs

Science Fair Project Ideas with Eggs

Photo Courtesy – Jonas Tana

Eggs are fragile and do not stay fresh for long, but they are also used to make all sorts of yummy stuff. If you’re an egg fan, or even if you aren’t, you will definitely like these simple science fair project ideas involving the ‘yellow eye'.

The Unbreakable Egg
We know eggs are fragile and must be handled with care. Here’s an easy science fair project idea that makes eggs unbreakable.

You will need:
- An egg
- Cling film

Instructions:
- Wrap the egg in cling film.
- Place it in your palm and wrap your fingers around it.
- Make sure you cover the egg entirely and squeeze hard. Apply equal pressure from all sides.
- If you've done it correctly, the egg should remain unbroken.
- Try the same procedure without the cling film. Did it make a difference?

What’s happening?
Egg shells are fragile but the shape of the egg isn’t. If you apply pressure evenly all over the shell, it will remain in one piece.

Bouncing Eggs
Do eggs break when dropped? That’s a no-brainer, right? This tricky science fair project idea will make you think again.

You will need:
- Eggs
- Vinegar
- Hard flat surface

Instructions:
- Place a few eggs in vinegar and let them sit for a few days.
- This will make the shells come off easily and you will be left with the delicate membrane.
- Wash the eggs carefully so they don’t break.
- Now take one of the shelled eggs and drop it from a low height to make it bounce.
- Try dropping it from different heights to see from what height it breaks.
- Try bouncing it on different surfaces to see if it makes a difference.
- Draw a table to demonstrate your findings.

What’s happening?
Egg shells are made of calcium carbonate. When it is exposed to acetic acid (also known as vinegar), it will react by dissolving. But the membrane inside remains unharmed. The egg becomes rubbery and will bounce.

The Floating Egg
Impress your teachers and classmates by making an egg float. This cool science fair project idea will get you started!

You will need:
- An egg
- Table salt
- A large bowl filled with tap water

Instructions:
- Fill the bowl two thirds full with water.
- Place the egg gently into the bowl. It will sink to the bottom.
- Now take the egg out and add 5 tablespoons of salt to the water. Place the egg again in the bowl. If it doesn’t float, try more salt until the egg floats.

What’s happening?
Objects sink in water because they have more density than water. When you add salt to water, you are increasing the density of water. That’s why the egg will float in salty water.
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