Have you ever thought about increasing your kid’s cognitive skills such as mathematical learning through outdoor play? You must have used different types of modular playground equipment to keep your kids active and healthy, but how about doing something different and teaching them mathematics through syringes? Unique, isn’t it?
Your kids might have used syringes for fun like water playing, as air pumps, or for mark making, but they must not have thought about learning mathematics through it. In this post, I am going to highlight how syringes can increase numerical learning and then list down five ways to use them in mathematical learning outdoors.
How Can Syringes Increase Numerical Learning?
Below is how a syringe can serve as a powerful tool in learning mathematics:
• The increasing capacity and different sizes of syringes are linked together. When kids get a hand on a syringe, they learn what their size is and how they can increase it, which, in turn, teaches them calculations.
• The divisions allow them to measure the smallest qualities that teach minor scales.
• All the capacities of a syringe are multiples of three- 3, 9, 12,… 60ml. It allows quick multiplication and makes your kids smart.
Ways to Use Syringes For Mathematical Learning
See the five ways on how to make the most of the syringes in teaching kids some numerical knowledge.
1. Measuring the Capacity
You can show the marks of syringes to your kids that are used to measure capacity. Teach them how to measure the exact quantity by reading the sub-marks and how to handle the syringe to ensure there is no air bubble inside.
2. Teach Distance Measurement
Since this is an outdoor activity, you can teach your kids the relationship between the distances you can pour water and the actual capacity of the syringe. This also helps in distance and capacity calculation.
3. What Does the Splattered Water Depends On?
Does the splattered water depend upon the syringe capacity or the angles and height at which it falls to the ground? Let your little one explore this on his own and see the angles and calculations he learns.
4. Make a Long Continuous Line and Measure it
It is a pretty challenging task, especially for kids who do not have mature motor coordination skills. Ask your kid to draw a long line without any interference in between, and then calculate the length. If you want the task to be more learning, ask him to calculate in both meters and centimeters.
5. Communicate Different Syringe Rules for Water Fight
Your kid’s estimation skills will boost when you will make two teams for the water fight and allow each one to have different syringe sizes. Once you have communicated all the rules of the water fight, ask him which side is likely to win and why?
Finally, it is always a good idea to talk about the medical benefits of syringes. To create more awareness for your kids, ask them what will they do if they find a littered or used syringe on the ground? Correct them if they do not give a positive answer! Remember, there can be several options other than playing with different types of commercial playground equipment for fun and physical activities.