Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Math Catapults

Mini catapults are so much fun! Not only are they a great tool for encouraging mathematical exploration, they build fine motor strength and help children develop resiliency and perseverance as they are a difficult tool to learn to manipulate at first.

We made mini catapults out of clothes pins by hot gluing them to a block to use as a supportive base. The children were encouraged to try and fire mini foam counters into bowls in order to accumulate points. The person with the most points wins the game!

The children were eager to record the points they won using tallies.

The children realized that if they put more than one counter on a catapult they had a better chance of getting a point!

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