Geometry and Spatial Sense
- Invite your child to use 50 straws or tightly rolled tubes of newspapers and some tape to build the tallest freestanding structure that she or he can build. The structure must not be attached to the floor or a wall or a piece of furniture.
- With your child, look at pictures of skeletal structures, such as hydroelectric towers, roller coasters and suspension bridges. Ask your child which features of the structures make them stable and have your child explain why.
Patterning and Algebra
- Create a numerical pattern and ask your child to predict a number later in the pattern. For example, ask your child to predict what number will be in the eighth place in a pattern such as 1, 4, 7, 10, …
- Your child might see a pattern rule from one number to the next (Start at one. Add three each time) or your child might see a relationship between the place and the number, such as the eighth term would be one plus seven threes or 1 + (3×7) + 1 + 21 = 22.