Chopstick maths for Chinese New Year

Kindergarten Math Activities: Chopstick Math for Chinese New Year

What You Need:

  • Chopsticks (Many Asian grocery stores carry smaller chopsticks for children, or you can just use ones from a Chinese restaurant.)
  • Gummy bears
  • 2-4 plates

What You Do:

  1. Teach your child how to hold the chopsticks. a) Point to the top and bottom of the chopsticks. b) Position the first chopstick so that it lies in between the base of the thumb and hand and reaches the tip of the third finger. c) Lay the top chopstick parallel with the bottom one and have the thumb and index finger grab it, while keeping the lower one in place. d) Now wiggle the top chopstick while the keeping the bottom chopstick in place. This can be trick but keep at it. practise makes perfect! And once your child gets the hang of it, it will become second nature.
  2. Once she's got the hang of it, lay gummy bears on a plate. Have your child use the chopsticks to pick up the gummy bears.
  3. Have her count the gummy bears as she picks them up from one plate and places them on another.
  4. Have her sort the bears by colour. You will need enough plates for each colour.

For a reward, allow her to use the chopsticks to put some bears into her mouth! You can also dine at a Chinese restaurant where she can put her new skills to practise! Happy Chinese New Year!

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