During one of our recent audio book listening sessions, the kids wanted to decorate some of the 3D nets (find them here or here). We tend to do arty-type activities while we listen to audio books. So we printed out a few and they had a go with our felt-tip pens.
Decorated net of a pyramid net page
The nets are very easy to cut and stick together so both my kids managed to complete the nets by themselves. So easy mom art session!
Decorated pyramid and cube, finished
My daughter thought it would also be fun to use some of the crafting jewels that she has and printed out a few extra pyramids onto coloured card.
Pyramid net decorated with craft jewels
And even added a fun face to one of her pyramids.
Having fun with the pyramid nets - a funny face
You really could use anything out of your crafting supplies with these nets – I personally think some coloured buttons and possibly a few crafting feathers could be fun – it could almost be like a bird.
While we were decorating a few of the nets my son came up with the idea of using the cube net to create his own maths dice. He has been learning his time tables recently and is not a fan of practising them with traditional worksheets. But he does like doing maths games/ activities and we have practised sums before with dice, so we thought we could try the same with his times table. We custom-made the dice so it included the times tables that he has learnt so far. (Although if I had to redo it I would probably leave out the 2x and 10x and rather have two sides with the 6x and 4x on them).
Creating our times table cube
And then the next day we had a go. To begin with I wrote out some half sums onto a large sheet of paper and then he would roll the dice and complete the sums himself.
Using his times tables dice cube to practise times tables
It actually worked really well (although we did find he kept rolling 10’s at one stage so we ended up saying whenever he rolled a 10 he had to roll his dice again).
Once he had finished my half sums he created some of his own.
A run way to practise times tables at home!
The maths session was a big hit with him and he has asked if we can do it again; apparently this is now his favourite way to practice his times tables. And I must admit I am glad he has found an enjoyable way to work on them. His response got me thinking and I created a few more custom dice – one with some addition and subtraction and one with things like doubling halving, times by 10, divide by 10 on it. You really could use it for a lot of different maths practice sessions and make the dice as easy or as complex as you needed.
Create your own homemade maths cubes using the cube net template
This is a guest post from Shelly. Shelly is a home educating parent of two children aged 8 and 10. She blogs at ofamily learning together where she shares ideas on the different learning activities that they do including lots of hand-on maths, arts and crafts and anything else that is part of their home educating lifestyle.
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