I took a spare coat hanger and attached two plastic cups to them to create a set of scales, then asked Arthur to collect a few small items, and some of his mini figures whilst I created a simple chart. I then explained what we were doing and hung the "scales" to the door handle, popped the first item into one cup, and asked the children to guess how many mini figures they thought it would weigh. I wrote the number down, then asked Arthur to copy it to practice it to practice his writing skills. We then put the mini figures in the other cup, counting as we went until it balanced.
We did this a few times, before they both started to loose interest in the writing and counting and just wanted to put things in the cups and play, so at that point I left them to their weighing fun. Arthur enjoyed it very much though and insisted on taking the 'scales' to nursery to show everyone and weigh things there!
Little does he know he practiced some maths!! ;D
|Weighing Alyssa's hairbrush|
|the chart (note Arthur's lack of interest in writing lol)|
|Just hanging out!|