Lining up colored craft sticks

Earlier in the week, I shared some of our line up activities. Lining up colored craft sticks was one of my favorites…

Lining up colored craft sticks by Teach Preschool

I had previously told you about our class reading and enjoying “The Line Up Book” by Marisabino Russo. This is a fun book about a little boy who lines up all of his toys from his bedroom to the kitchen on his way to lunch. Along the way, his mother calls for him over and over. Each time, he says, “Just a minute.”   After reading our story, we brought out a large box of colored craft sticks for a math activity.  Each child was given ten craft sticks…

Lining up colored craft sticks by Teach Preschool

The children began this activity by counting their craft sticks. Once it was determined that all children had ten, Deborah and I asked them if they could make a square out of four craft sticks…

Lining up colored craft sticks by Teach Preschool

Once they had all made their squares, we asked the children if they could make a triangle with three craft sticks.  A few children figured out that they could place their triangle on top of their square to make a house…

Lining up colored craft sticks by Teach Preschool

Deborah and I asked them to make a few more shapes, before encouraging them to create something unique on their own…

Lining up colored craft sticks by Teach Preschool

The children made some really unique creations…

Lining up colored craft sticks by Teach Preschool

When the children were finished building their craft stick creations, we asked them if they would like to line up their craft sticks on the floor, similar to how the little boy in our story had lined up his toys.  They enthusiastically accepted this challenge…

Lining up colored craft sticks by Teach Preschool

A few children decided to line up their craft sticks on our three types of lines that were taped on the carpet…

Lining up colored craft sticks by Teach Preschool

The children were clearly enjoying this activity!  They loved seeing how far they could line up their craft sticks and they also enjoyed playing the role of the young boy in our book.  Deborah, acting as the mother in the book, asked the children over and over if they were almost finished. The children would all emphatically reply, “JUST A MINUTE…”

They couldn’t have possibly had more fun…

Lining up colored craft sticks by Teach Preschool

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By |2013-02-14T06:00:29+00:00February 14th, 2013|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.

One Comment

  1. MIRIAM FERNANDEZ BORASO February 14, 2013 at 7:44 am - Reply

    great idea! thank for sharing! kisses & hugs from ARGENTINA!

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