Encouraged by our introduction to fractions and estimates, we plunged into monster math with great excitement!
First I printed these monster parts for Poppy and stuck them on magnetic sheets. Then I invited her to play. She's really into her little white board for now ($1.80 from IKEA!) so I incorporated it into our session.
We began by sorting the monsters' different parts, then I asked her simple questions like "If one of the monsters has 3 legs, and another monster has 2 legs, how many legs would there be altogether?". So she would follow by putting the corresponding number of body parts on the monsters, and then write out the sum on her white board.
I decided to take it really slow and easy, so I capped everything at 10.
I'm so glad that she really enjoyed it. We ended off with a story about her funny monsters :) The whole session took no more than 15 minutes. The cutting of the magnets took half an hour!!
I forsee us expanding on this. Next up, subtractions! Wish us luck!