Have you been practicing fact families also? I took our Cat in the Hat Word Family idea and added a math spin.
The term “Fact families” was new to me when my oldest child started school, but it’s really just a way to think about how addition and subtraction works. Fact families are groups of 3 numbers – when you add two of the numbers together, you get the third number. An example is 3, 2, and 5. 3+2=5. You can use fact families to see how addition and subtraction work. For example:
Fact Family: 2, 3, 5
Once I knew that the term meant, there were lots of ways to play with the concept. Our favorite – draw them with sidewalk chalk. Using sidewalk chalk makes everything fun.
For inside fact family fun, try making Cat in the Hat Fact families! Cut out rectangular strips of red and white paper (mine are 3×5). Write numbers from 1-10 on the white ones, and plus, minus, and equals signs on the red ones. Cut strips of white paper that are slightly longer and thinner to be the base of the hats.
Then build family “hats.” Either start with the two numbers to be added (or subtracted) and have your child find the base, or start with the base and have your child build the hat. Depending on your child’s familiarity with fact families, you can make it more or less challenging. You can give them 2 of the numbers and the relationship (the plus or minus sign). The next thing I do is take away the plus or minus sign. Generally, the less information you give them, the more challenging it is.
We paired with a group of great bloggers to bring you even more fun ways to read and play with Dr. Seuss!
Also, check out Coffee Cups and Crayon’s Cat in the Hat math ideas!