Budding minds will enjoy these spring math ideas for kindergarten. The following activities incorporate art and language into math. California Standards for kindergarten were used to plan these lessons. However, they can be adapted to other grade levels and state standards. This year try out one of these fun, math activities for spring.
Spring Flowers: Number Sense
1.2 Count, recognize, represent, name, and order a number of objects (up to 30)
Bring in several different types of flowers, real or silk, with different amounts and sizes of petals. Count the petals together and then find out how many petals there are all together or the total. Have students draw three flowers with different amounts of petals. On each petal a number should be written and above the flower the total numbers of petals should be written.
Egg Carton Math: Number Sense
2.1 Use concrete objects to determine the answers to addition and subtraction problems (for two numbers that are each less than 10).
Have kids paint egg cartons with green paint. Then, give them stickers and other fun decorative accents. Next, give each student a dozen plastic eggs. Now write addition problems on the board. For instance, 2+1=? Students can use the first row for the first number and the second row for the second number. Then, they can count up the eggs to find the answer. Do several more problems.
Spring Patterns: Statistics, Data and Probability
1.2 Identify, describe, and extend simple patterns (such as circles or triangles) by referring to their shapes, sizes, or colors.
Draw a simple pattern consisting of a flower, an egg, an egg and another flower. Have students draw what comes next. Then, they can make up their own spring pattern on the other side of their paper.
2.1 Identify and describe common geometric objects
Give students an egg template. At the top of the paper the word oval should be written. Students can then decorate their egg. On the back of the paper, they should practice drawing ovals. In addition, they can practice describing characteristics of the ovals in small groups.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Mathematical Reasoning
1.2 Use tools and strategies, such as manipulatives or sketches, to model problems
Read students The Very Hungry Caterpillar. As you read emphasize the amount of each type of food that caterpillar eats. For instance, he eats one apple, two pears, three plums, four strawberries and so on. Now model an addition problem on the board using different types of fruit. Draw two oranges and three apples. Circle the oranges and then circle the apples. Write 2 + 3 under the problem and have students help with the answer. At the end, have students draw two types of food and complete the same activity you did on the board.
2.1 Compare two or more sets of objects (up to ten objects in each group) and identify which set is equal to, more than, or less than the other.
You can also do a similar activity with comparison. Draw two types of food and then compare them with language as to which set is equal to, more than, or less than the other.