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There are so many fun ways to make math lessons fun. One way is through simple math games. We did a fun math game when we learned about Sets and Venn Diagrams with string and toys. A Venn diagram (or set diagram) is a diagram that shows all possible relations between a collection of sets using overlapping circles.
We have a living math book book called If You Were a Set by Marcie Aboff. I was reading it to my kids during school the other day and wanted to expand on it with tangible objects.
The book starts like this: “If you were a set you could be a group of children, a group of swings, a group of slides or a group of dogs.” The book then goes on to describe what a set is and how you can find sets all over the place. The end of the book has some more ideas for learning as well as a glossary of terms. It’s a great learning book for young kids. There are more in the series including odd & even numbers, fraction, minus sign, and plus sign.
We got out some of our learning manipulatives and went to work making sets. The kids made a set of animals first, then we decided to do a set of red animals. I decided this would be a perfect chance to teach them about Venn Diagrams. I made two circles out of yarn and we put them on the ground overlapping. They had 2 sets: animals and red toys. Then they figured out that there were some red animals and we put those into the overlapping section in the middle.
This was a really great way to teach the concept to my kids. The hands-on aspect really makes the lesson memorable. They had fun creating more sets after this one with other toys.