Thursday, May 2, 2013

Tulip Math

I've been preparing some hands-on ways to practise basic addition and subtraction with Butterfly.
This one is perfect for Spring, as all the tulips are coming up now!
I got inspired by Mama Miss and her beautiful counting printable.

I made a 5 page printable set that can be printed out on cardstock for sturdiness.  I cut out the tulips and taped them on a green stem, I had many green straws left over from our Flower Play-Dough Garden so I used these, also green craft sticks, green pipe cleaners, even green cardboard cut into strips work for stems too.

I also cut out the equation cards and the answer number cards.  In the garden page, there is a dotted line slit to cut in the middle of the page so that the tulips can be "planted."  I like to keep activities contained in trays (this one is from Ikea).

Butterfly then figured out the answers to the addition and subtraction equations by using the tulips in the garden!  Adding two numbers of tulips together to find out the total, or counting out the first number of the subtraction equation and then taking away the next number to find the answer.  When Butterfly put the tulips in the garden, she said she was "planting" them, and when she had to take them away, she said she was "picking" them!

Here are a couple of videos of our Tulip Math together outside in our backyard, Spring air with a Spring activity!

 Butterfly is able to grasp concepts a whole bunch more if the lesson a hands-on for her and she can include her imagination!

If you'd like a copy of this Tulip Math set, CLICK HERE.
Thank you and Happy Spring! :)


  1. Love it, love it, love it!! And I love the green straws as stems - GREAT idea - so beautiful :) Thanks for including me in your post!

  2. This is so cute and so springy! Love t!

  3. Am soooooo in love with this activity! Tulips are my favourite flower. So going to try this one with my homeschooler. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I just love this math activity! I am going to get these ready for the beginning of August when we go back! Thanks so much


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