Roll and Cover and patterning Cat in the Hat, and 3 Dice Mat are fun to take out for Dr. Seuss birthday or anytime you are exploring his books. Making math fun and tying to a children’s book is something I have always tried to do.
Cat in the Hat Dice Roll and Cover Mats
This mat asks children to roll two dice and cover the sum of them. There are so many ways that you could cover the sum.
Here are some that I came up with:
- Color the circles with crayons, marks, or color pencils
- Place a pom-pom over the sum
- Cover the sum with a bean. Maybe a red bean for the red stripes and a white bean for the white stripes
- Buttons would be great fun to cover the circles with
- Construction paper squares would work
- Bingo markers could be used to place dots on the dots
The early learning roll and cover math mat will have children using two dice and the version for older children have them using three dice. Children that need to be able to count on the numbers might benefit from using dice with dots on them. Children that are ready to work more abstractly could use dice with numbers on them.
Cat in the Hat math activity mats can be used by children rolling and covering numbers on their own or they can do them with a friend. Each can take turns rolling and covering numbers.
Seuss Patterning Mat
There are several ways that children can explore patterns with his mat. The directions on the mat sheet ask children to place a white object in the white row and a red object in the red row. You may choose to have a variety of white and red objects for children to use or stick to just one type. Red and white beans are what I chose to use for this activity.
Children could move the objects into the circles with a variety of tools or their fingers. My son likes to use his plastic children’s chopsticks or two wooden chopsticks bundled together with a rubber band or his fingers. Clothes pins or tongs could be used to transfer objects too.