Get the children excited with this 3D game of counting bugs!
There is something fun and exciting about counting when items are hidden or in a jar! This isn’t a complicated activity and can be reused for different purposes.
All you need is a couple of mason jars and some small plastic bugs. Fill each jar with water and different amounts of bugs and seal it up. You can change things up by adding sparkles or colored water. Make sure there is a strong seal on the jar when you are finished. Plot their guesses on paper and then compare to the right answer.
This activity supports many different areas besides math. The children will have to take turns, chat with their friends and it can spark ideas for creativity in other areas of the classroom.
For each jar you will need:
Small plastic bugs
Piece of paper
Book – “Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!” By Bob Barner (Optional)
Counting in a meaningful way in play and daily living
Fill up the Mason jar with water
Have a couple of children gather at a table
Add any food coloring of choice – not too much, just enough to tint the water. You can also add in sparklers for extra fun
Add in several bugs and seal tightly – Could hot glue for extra security. Repeat this for a couple of jars so you have variety with different amounts. Number the jars.
Have the children guess how many are in each jar and plot their guess down on the paper
Finally let them count how many are in them and plot it against their guess.
Read the book “Bugs! Bugs! Bugs!” to inspire more ideas
How many bees do you count? (can change depending on the types of bugs in the jars)
What color is the water?
What is your favorite type of bug?
Where do bugs live?
How many bugs are there in all the jars?