Monday, June 30, 2008

Theme of the Week Challenge

My kids love to help me cook and bake. Every time we make cookies, they make the cookies; I just supervise. And, of course, they are naturally curious about teaspoons, tablespoons, and measuring cups; why teaspoons are smaller than tablespoons, why 3/4 cup is smaller than 1 cup (because the numbers 3 and 4 are bigger than 1!) So I decided to make this week's theme measurements. How do you teach your children about different measurements? (Older kids can start to understand fractions.) My kids were surprised to hear that a gallon of gas is the same amount as a gallon of milk. Get your kids involved with baking this week. Pull the measuring cups out, give the kids a sinkful of water, and have them pour 1/2 cup water into the 1 cup measuring cup twice. Have some fun with them, and then share your ideas with us!

***And our winner from last week's Theme of the Week Giveaway was: TRACEY!! Congratulations and please email me at with your preference of Balloon Book and mailing address!It was a highly official event with my four year old drawing out the winning slip of paper. Thanks to everyone who participated, those balloon ideas were fantastic. Good luck to everyone next time. ***


mommomto2pumpkins said...

we are doing this theme through out the whole week! it will be so much fun something my 2 yr old nad 7 yr old can have lots of fun with we are going to make: sidewalk chalk paint, oobleck/slime, cloud dough and then we are also making cupcakes and pancakes! i posted this on my teaching tinyotots blog with a link to here!

Tracey said...

We enjoy going on measurement expeditions. Take a measuring tape, a clipboard or notebook with paper to record your findings, and find out how many inches different objects are. I'll ask the older kids to compare different objects (which is smaller which is bigger?) and find the difference in inches between the two. Another twist is measurement scavenger hunt. "Go find something that is 3 inches long. Find something that is greater than 10 inches but less than 1 foot long."