## Wednesday, June 20, 2012

### Muffin Tin Math

Today I thought I would share with you a fun little math game that the oldest Mister and I created based on an activity I had originally done with the babycakes. For the big kids it became Muffin Tin Math! Mr. A looooves all things math. This was a HUGE hit! It could be scaled down for younger kids with simpler math facts.

I lined a muffin tin with cupcake wrappers and wrote a math problem in the bottom of each one. The object was for him to bounce the ping pong ball into one of the muffin cups and then solve the math problem.

It was not as easy as it looked to bounce those ping pong balls into the muffin cups. It was hilarious and we both had fun! He playing and I watching. It turned into a good challenge for Mom too. Trying to capture pictures of a ping pong ball in flight was no easy task. The math was great, but it eventually became more about how many different ways could he bounce the ping pong balls into the tin than it was about the math problems. He tried bouncing it forcefully and gently,  hi and low. He even tried ricochetting it off walls. There was problem solving going on in more than one sense of the word.
Muffin tin math is a great activity for many different age groups. For younger kids just adjust the math problems to their level, or for even younger kids use it for pure number recognition. For the absolute youngest, just have fun bouncing the ball into the tins. If you'd like to see the original post and activity I did for the little guy you can pop on over to the kidsactivitiesblog.com and have a read.

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1. Fab idea Jen! You're so creative with these muffin tin games.

2. Going to do this one right away! Brilliant and fun way to learn math facts! And thank you for the beautiful photos. I know how much time it takes to include photos in a blog post, so THANK YOU!!!

Rachel
www.handsfreemama.com

1. Thank YOU Rachel! Glad to have you stopping by :)

3. What a genius idea! I am going to pin this to my maths board.

Thanks for sharing on Science Sparks

1. Thank you! Glad you like it :)

4. Great idea!! I LOVE the new look!

5. Learning comes from many different directions - i love that you're keeping your eyes open for all of them with this idea!
-breida

1. Thanks Breida, we love finding learning in all the fun little things :)

6. This is SUCH a good idea - I am loving it and definitely pinning! :)

1. Thanks Michelle!

7. What a great idea for practicing math!! It's so fun & clever =-) Thanks for linking up to TGIF! If you have a moment I'd love your vote in Circle of Moms Top 25 Homeschooling blogs (http://www.circleofmoms.com/top25/Top-25-Homeschooling-Moms-2012) - Thanks!!
Beth
www.livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com

8. Fabulous idea! I pinned to several boards. I love each element of this activity: hand eye coordination, math, laughter, LOL. Thanks for linking up to The Sunday Showcase!

1. Thanks for pinning Allison! Glad you liked it :) Yes, lots of good skills for this one.

9. fun idea! i might try this with my olders!

1. Thanks Amy! Have fun if you do :) He really did get a kick out of trying to get the ping pong ball into the cups.

1. Thanks Pauline! This was a fun one for us :)

10. Jen, What a great idea for older kids to practice their math facts this summer! AWESOME idea! Also, love your new look! :) Thanks for sharing on Saturday Show & Tell at Cheerios and Lattes last weekend! We love having you join us and hope to see you again this weekend! See you soon!
Mackenzie :)

1. Thanks Mackenzie :) Glad you like the makeover. Yes, I will definitely stop by!

11. fa idea! A great way to practice those boring facts.
I've featured this on the Sunday Showcase!
http://www.herecomethegirlsblog.com/2012/06/30/the-sunday-showcase-literacy-numeracy-fun.html

1. Thanks so much Rebecca!

12. fab! I ahve pinned this to my math fun board! Thanks for sharing on the sunday showcase!

13. Thank you! Happy to join in :)