Our math lesson for this week was tally marks, and I knew that if I made them do it using the text book they’d get all freaked out, so instead we just did it using our homemade dry erase boards and using all sorts of things to count.

And then we read some books on sunflowers and I had a brilliant idea. Ages ago I made a seed sorting kit for the kiddos, and so I ran upstairs and unearthed it.

Then, I gave each kid a small pot and had them sort out the sunflower seeds and count how many they had using tally marks.

After we’d practiced with just the sunflower seeds all week, on the final day they had to count up how many total with tally marks for each group. That was quite a challenge, but it made an otherwise boring subject fun.

This was also part of our newest state study, let’s see if anyone can guess what state……..

Now head on over to Joyful Learner to see some more fun math ideas and later this week The Nurture Store is hosting a math playing thing.

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Kansas…You are going to study Kansas!

Oh, Debbie beat me to my guess!

Sunflower state. Hmmm… 🙂 By the way, we read Bluebonnet legend yesterday by Tommy dePaola – it's such a sad story. Anna practically cried when the girl burned her doll.

This is a great way to practice using tally marks!

I knew the state too. Great idea!!!

I'm seriously delinquent when it comes to math activities. And, yeah, obviously geography as well since I had no clue about the state! At least my kids are well-read. 😉 Great activity!

Great idea to make a tally mark lesson more interactive! And I had no idea it was Kansas!

As an Aussie, I had no idea which state was linked with sunflowers. Ahh well, you live and you learn.

Isn't is interesting that children can do an activity on something like a dry erase board and find it fascinating because of the resources used. Although your idea of using sunflower seeds is a neat idea too.