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Megabloks are the super large big blocks that it seems almost all parents of preschoolers are required to purchase. I honestly haven’t met a mom who doesn’t have these already somewhere around the house.
My children, even the “big kids=elementary” love to play with Megabloks. So much that we have 4 different bags, because you have to get different bags to get different colors…
“Learning that feels like play is learning that is fun.”
Of course these are perfect for color recognition (especially if you buy different bags). I will ask let me give me the blue block or can you build with all red blocks? This fun, hands on way of learning is great for my children to practice their colors while having fun. I also get a chance to distinguish between shades which is something they don’t see often (this is blue, this is light blue) and they can really see the difference.
We make trains and count how many cars on the train. Once they get older you can also ocunt the top buttons of the block as well.
I will take two blocks and say how many blocks do I have? Once I get the answer, I say give me two more blocks. Then I will say two plus two equals four, and count all the blocks together. Although they don’t know what plus means, it is a good introduction to early math skills.
Just like with addition, I follow the same steps. Grab a number of blocks and count them. Say I’m going to “take away” two blocks. How many do I have? Count how many is left. Then say the problem, 6-2=4. Again, your child is doing basic subtraction, and they don’t realize it.
One to One Correspondence
One to one correspondence just means counting one by one. When your child coutns, have them touch the object they are counting, in this case blocks. By touching the blocks they are showing that the numbers correspond to an object, and they are counting only what they see.
Learning is fun and children naturally love to learn. By doing these learning activities with your child, they will have a jumpstart on math.