Making math lessons fun is a must in my house. I have never been shy about the fact that math and I do not always get along. So, when I get the opportunity to make math lessons not only fun, but also bring them to life with hands-on activities, I just jump right in. It makes math that much easier for my children to learn and be reinforced when the math skills are being learned in a fun way. When I read Counting Crows by Kathi Appelt I just knew I could make math fun with it!
Before I get much further into this review of the storybook Counting Crows by Kathi Appelt, I would like to say that I was given a free copy of the storybook to assist in this review by Blue Slip Media. For full details, please read my disclosures found HERE.
This engaging storybook is very fun to read. Kathi Appelt’s writing is perfect for young readers to listen to or to start reading for themselves. The illustrations by Rob Dunlavey make the story jump out off the pages with the antics of the fun loving crows. At the same time the reader is learning to count, the crows are getting into a lot of trouble having their own fun. I would highly recommend this storybook to anyone looking for a fun math themed storybook to keep their children’s interest and help or reinforce their math skills.
Counting Crows DIY Hands-On Math Activity
So, to help bring this storybook to life I wanted to make a fun, DIY hands-on math activity to go along with it.
In order to make your very own Counting Crows Inspired DIY Hands-On Math Learning Activity you will need the following materials:
- Brown and Black Felt
- Puffy Paint (Red, White, Metallic Grey, Black)
- Paper (Any Type)
- Pencil or Pen
To make your very own Counting Crows DIY Hands-On Math Learning Activity start by finding a shape in the Counting Crows storybook for one of the crows that is your child or student’s favorite. Then, freehand draft the crow on a piece of paper using a pencil or pen. Make sure that it is not too large of a crow though since it will be the one you use to make your crows with. Then, cut it out and use it as a template to make 12 crows out of black felt with.
Once all the crows are cut out, make a tree and a nest out of brown felt as well. You can finish off your crows by using alternating red and white stripes of puffy paint to make their shirts. Then, use a small dot of white puffy paint to start each one’s eye and then a small dot of black puffy paint to finish each eye. Allow all the crows to dry thoroughly.
Lastly, finish off your DIY Hands-On Match Activity by adding some details to the tree and nest with black and metallic grey puffy paints. Voila! You are now ready for some hands-on learning math fun inspired by the Counting Crows storybook.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about my thoughts on the Counting Crows by Kathi Appelt. Make sure to also watch this book trailer the author’s son and daughter-in-law, Cooper Appelt and Laurel Kathleen, created. It’s AWESOME!
Are you ready to learn to count with a hands-on math lesson with your very own Counting Crows Inspired DIY Hands-On Math Learning activity?