A matrix board is an excellent activity that helps children develop cognitive skills and engage in pre-math and math concept exploration.
Children get to sort the summer cards on the board by matching both color and pattern. Each card is a combination of these attributes. To do so, they have to find the meeting point of the vertical column and the horizontal row. In that cell, they place the appropriate card.
Through this activity children get to develop
1) Visual perception skills
2) Visual discrimination
3) Spatial orientation
5) Color identification
6) Sorting skills (classification and categorization)
This activity can be used in any toddler, preschool and kindergarten setting.
It fits perfectly in a Montessori classroom and homeschooling. It can even be used as a fun busy bag activity to carry with you since you can fold the board into a letter sized paper and keep it in a folder!
The set consists of 4 letter sized sheets that are to be assembled into a matrix board. (Please open the pdf file included in the set for directions with pictures)
63 mini cards of 9 summer items in 7 colors (blue, red, green, yellow, orange, pink and purple)
There are several options in how you choose to use this activity, adapting it to the age of children and their developmental stage.
1. You can get younger children to practice sorting the mini cards according to their attributes without placing them on the board. They can gradually move to that stage.
2. They can also be used with white board markers. Once laminated, older children can draw a colored picture of the appropriate item in the correct place!
3. For a more challenging exercise, you can fill the matrix by placing some cards into wrong places and ask the children to spot the mistakes and correct them!
Please download the preview file to see directions in pictures.
Total number of pages: 10.
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