Kindergarten is typically a child's first exposure to math and basic concepts such as numbers, counting, addition and geometrical shapes. Math fairs are a great place for your little students to showcase the skills they’ve learned in class. Kindergarten math fair projects should be simple and easily understood by your students, as well as other kindergarteners who will view the displays.
Using small bins or boxes and fun, everyday objects, your kindergarteners can demonstrate their knowledge of counting. Label each box or bin with a number from one to 10, and place a corresponding amount of an object in each box. Good objects to use could include colored beads, pom-poms, marbles or candy. Colorful objects will draw attention and create a dynamic looking project.
One of the first skills a kindergartener will need to develop is writing and recognizing numbers. Using a poster board, glue gun and some creative mediums, have your kindergarteners create numbers from one through 10 from everyday objects. The number 1, for example, could be made from a pencil or a pipe cleaner. The number 8 could be two bracelets or cookies stacked on top of each other. The idea is to create each numerical shape from a combination of fun objects, most of which could be found in the house.
Geometry, the study of shapes and angles, is an important part of math. Using a poster board and Popsicle sticks, a kindergartener can easily show how straight lines can create a multitude of shapes – from a triangle, to square, rectangle and octagon. Use colored or painted Popsicle sticks to arrange patterns and glue to poster board. Label each shape with a number that corresponds to the number of straight lines needed to create a shape. For example, a triangle would be labeled “3” and an octagon would be labeled “8.”
For this project, which encourages other students to participate, you will need poster board, hot glue, construction paper and some poster paint or markers. On poster boards, use markers to write “The Adding Game." Write out simple math equations, such as “1 + 2 =” and conceal the answer with a construction paper flap. The answer will lay under the flap, which can be lifted by students after they guess the answer. Each addition equation should use small numbers, one through 10 so kindergarteners will be able to solve them.
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