‘ India marks the first anniversary of Demonetization’, said the early morning headings of a popular news portal. A year currently? I was recollecting the disturbance the sudden relocation had actually triggered in the lives of the common man when my 4-year old child, Kaira quipped,
” Mumma, my piggy is complete with pink notes, need to create a mix of other colours”.
She was wise and though she didn’t comprehend the value of currency she understood it was important for her to secure her mini bank against raids from her siblings. While her wit enthralled me, what stressed were thoughts on how I could channelize her interest into growing her interest in Maths, a subject she feared. And, this in a playful manner to keep her hooked.
So, I strategized a few enjoyable activities, which could keep her busy throughout the trip while having her comprehend the science of ‘MONEYOLOGY’. Here are a few I might think of:
Sort and Stack: We opened the lock to her piggy and emptied it on the carpet. The next action was to ask her to stack up all like coloured notes individually; coins to be sorted and stacked in accordance to their value. The next step was to make her compute the worth of each stack and pen down the very same on sticky notes, clipping it to each bundle. Head deep into the crispy notes, it was an enjoyment enjoying her thoroughly build up the notes and coins and more so delight in doing it.
Scaling the Length Bar: The brand-new currency introduced was slimmer and shorter than the previous ones, not to discuss the intense colours. This clicked another idea of acquainting her to the worths. I asked her to get one note from each stack and place them in accordance to their length. I followed this session by asking her to identify the greatest and lowest value in the stack. Once done, she needed to put them in the ascending and coming down orders, one after another. Lo and see!! The task was done in the bat of an eyelid!!
Flip Flop Shapes: Notes of different shapes and colours. I now asked her to develop different shapes with them, consisting of the likes of hexagon and octagon. She could utilize diverse notes to produce the preferred dimensions. As soon as done, I asked her to call the shapes followed by summing up the total worth for each.
The Maths of National Flags: I merged in Location to cause a twist in the game besides breaking the uniformity of computations lest she understood my objectives. So, I provided her a chart that had listed all the national flags of the world in addition to the country names. I asked her to set up the notes in a kind to develop the national flag of each nation. For colours missing out on, she would eliminate paper in the shape of the notes she was using to create the rest of the flag and paint it in the colour she wanted. A choice there and a repair the other side, my pumpkin was fascinated for hours, matching the colours with the chart and creating the flags. Once done, I took away the chart and asked her to name the nations, seeing the nationwide flags. One more subject conquered!!
Mathematical Sting for Shopaholics: Kaira is quite a fashionista and likes following trends. So, I provided her a print of the latest designs from popular designers, specifically her individual favourites, and listed their price alongside the image. All she had to do was to go into her brand-new purse and keep the expense of each style on top of the image. She drooled over the couture and thoroughly computed the cost, placing the last quantity on each image. Hola! She understood precisely the number of she might get and the money she would need to gather for her next shopping spree.
While my bundle of pleasure enjoyed the activities, I similarly delighted in seeing her absorbed in the little jobs not to forget her manage with the Mathematical beast. Do share any fascinating ones you did to get your kids understand the commerce of currency!!