Making math glue boxes in preschool

Making math glue boxes in preschool

If you have been following me for awhile, then you know that my students collect lots of interesting “math tokens” and bring them to school each week in their math bags.  You can read about our math bags here, here, and here

Over time, we have collected quite a bit of math tokens and we will continue to collect them for the rest of the school year.  Since we have a large assortment of math tokens, we integrated our math tokens into a little bit of art….

Bringing a little math into the process, each child started by counting out five math tokens from the pile of math tokens we have collected…

Each child had their own small white, sturdy gift box (or gift box lid) left over from Christmas to use as their art canvas. The children filled the bottom of their box with a layer of white school glue…

If the bottom wasn’t completely covered with a good layer of glue, the children tilted the box from side to side until the entire bottom of the box was covered in glue. If needed, more glue from the glue bottle was added…

Then the children added their five math tokens to the glue inside the box. This is very much like when we made nature boxes several months ago…

If the children then had extra white space in their math box, they were invited to add additional math tokens to their math boxes…

Once the children filled up all the white space in their box with math tokens, they set the boxes aside to dry…

I am not sure how long it will take for the glue to dry – each math box will probably be a little different as some had more glue in them than others…

I cannot wait to see the math glue boxes when they are all dry. Once they are dry, we will display them for a little ISpy game fun before sending them home…

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  • Caz Posted January 14, 2012 8:24 am

    Love this idea, fun and unique as well!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted January 14, 2012 9:23 am

      Thank you Caz:)

  • Jill @ A Mom With A Lesson Plan Posted January 14, 2012 12:14 pm

    Love this one! What a fun I spy game it would make!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted January 15, 2012 9:43 am

      I agree, my kids will love that part once the glue gets all dry!!

  • Teacher Tom Posted January 14, 2012 1:47 pm

    Oh Deborah! There’s so much glue in some of those that I wonder what they would be like if you removed the boxes once they were dry. Could be a kind of cool experiment! =)

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted January 15, 2012 9:42 am

      You are so right Tom – but I think because the box is paper, the paper would just be stuck on the box. Perhaps if I used something else to hold, like wax paper, to hold the glue and not the box? I tell you what – it is your turn to give this a try and see what you can do with it….We need a new challenge around here! LOL!

  • Trisha Posted January 14, 2012 5:12 pm

    Neat idea!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted January 15, 2012 9:41 am

      Thank you Trisha:)

  • Leeanne A Posted January 14, 2012 6:15 pm

    I love the I spy aspect of this activity!

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted January 15, 2012 9:40 am

      It is one of the best parts:)

  • Lucy W. Posted April 16, 2017 9:40 pm

    Can’t wait to try this! When you use the math bags, do you have each child bring the math tokens each week? I have at anytime between 18-20 students. When you ask the parents to send in items, besides asking not to send in food ( good idea!), do you ask the parents to only send in items that they won’t get returned?

    • Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. Posted April 17, 2017 9:07 pm

      Yes, the children (and parents) are encouraged to send junk. Things the children will not mind leaving at school.

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