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Measurement Kit

Order pipe cleaners by length to make a rainbow and complete a family math journal to explore measurement concepts.

Buy materials:

  • Each child will need a set of six different-colored pipe cleaners that have been trimmed by 1-3 inches with scissors so that each is a different length from one another.
  • Each child will need a lump of play dough or soft modeling clay that can be used to make the rainbow clouds. The play dough or clay should be stored in a sealed bag so it won’t dry out.
  • Each child will need a measuring tape. We suggest buying simple non-retractable tapes that can be purchased inexpensively in bulk.

Print materials:

Assemble kits:

  • Place six different-colored pipe cleaners into a sealed bag. Make sure each of the six pipe cleaners is a different color and length.
  • Place the clay or play dough into another sealed bag.
  • Put the bags, instruction sheet, and tape measure into an envelope for each child.

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Shapes and More Kit

Use tangram blocks to do puzzles and complete a family math journal to explore shape concepts.

Buy materials: 

  • Each child will need a set of tangram blocks. This consists of 7 blocks: 2 large triangles, 2 small triangles, 1 medium triangle, 1 parallelogram, and 1 square. Our materials were designed with the Learning Resources brand tangrams. You can buy other brands or cut out and laminate your own- just print a puzzle page to test that your blocks fit inside the lines.
  • Small baggie for the blocks- you could use a ziploc or purchase pouches.

Print materials:

  • Each child will need a set of puzzles. There are 5 puzzles. They are bilingual, and there is a cover sheet for the set with both English and Spanish.
  • The puzzles can be printed in color or black and white. They can be printed on regular paper or cardstock/synthetic stock for more durability.
  • The puzzles can be placed in a manila envelope or other folder so that they stay together.
    • Download all the printable materials in English
    • Download all the printable materials in Spanish

Assemble kits:

  • Split tangrams into sets for the children. Put 2 large triangles, 2 small triangles, 1 medium triangle, 1 parallelogram, and 1 square into a ziploc bag or pouch. Color of the blocks does not matter.
  • Put each bag of blocks into a manila envelope or pocket folder along with 6 puzzles and the cover page in the correct language for each student.

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Sorting and Data Kit

Sort pom poms by different colors and sizes and complete a family math journal to explore sorting and data concepts.

Buy materials:

  • Each child will need a set of 15-20 pom poms. We designed our materials using pom poms that are five different colors and four different sizes. You could look for any pom poms that can be sorted by both color and size. 
  • Each child will need a small plastic bag or pouch to hold the pom poms.

Print materials:

  • Each child will need two sorting mats: one for shape and one for size. You can print them on their own page or as one double-sided copy. They are available in English and Spanish. 
    • Download all the printable materials in English
    • Download all the printable materials in Spanish

Assemble kits:

  • Place the pom poms in a plastic bag or pouch for each child. Make sure there is a mixture of colors and sizes in each bag.
  • Put a bag of pom poms and the two sorting mats into an envelope for each child.

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Patterns Kit

Use colorful dot stickers to make the caterpillar patterns and complete a family math journal to explore pattern concepts.

Buy materials:

  • Each child will need 24 dot stickers in each of these colors: red, yellow, green, and blue (96 stickers in all). These can be purchased from many different places. You can search for color coding labels.
  • Each child will need an envelope.

Print materials:

  • Each child will need four pages of caterpillars printed in color. The pages are available in English and Spanish.

Assemble kits:

  • Give each child four sheets of stickers and place them in the envelope along with the four caterpillar pages.

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Counting Kit

Play fun card games and complete a family math journal to explore counting concepts.

Buy materials:

  • Each child will need a deck of regular playing cards. We recommend finding sturdy cards that have colorful kid-friendly designs that can be bought in bulk.

Print materials:

  • Each child will need an instruction sheet for the two card games. These are available in English and Spanish.

Assemble kit:

  • Put the playing cards and instruction sheets in a bag for each child.