Math Quickies

Math Quickies

Using a Balance


Set out various sizes of dinosaurs and a balance. Let the children experiment comparing the weight of the dinosaurs.

Sticker Stories


Let the children use dinosaur stickers and crayons to create a math story. They can then dictate their story for the teacher to record.

Young children can make 3D stories with plastic dinosaurs and blocks. Their stories can be recorded sequentially using a digital camera.

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One dinosaur wanted to make new friends. She saw two dinosaurs on the other side of the bridge. She called to them “Come over to see me and we can be friends” so they did! 1 dinosaur and 2 dinosaurs make 3 dinosaurs in all. 1 + 2 = 3

Dinosaur Graphing


Using Stickers pictographs of “My Favorite Dinosaur” Ask the children to pick their favorite dinosaur from a sheet of stickers. The children can add their own sticker to form the bar graph.

Dinosaur Patterns


Small dinosaurs for sorting or making patterns can be found at most dollar stores, Oriental Trading Company (, and U.S. Toys (


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Children can work in groups or independently to sort a group of dinosaurs! Be sure that they can tell you the “rule” that they used for their sorting. Challenge the children to discover a new way to sort the same set of dinos. The dinosaurs above have been sorted by color, family, and movement. (walking on fours).

Activity provided by:

Fontenelle Forest
1111 N. Bellevue Blvd.
Bellevue, NE 68005

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Category: Group Activities

Iowa Early Learning Standards:
8.2, 8.3, 9.1, 9.3, 9.4, 11.3, 12.1, 12.2, 12.3, 12.4, 12.5, 12.6, 13.1, 14.3

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