Guys, activities where you can eat the manipulatives are always a hit. We don’t normally eat animal crackers in our house, but I bought some before this activity and let’s just say they did not last long… Snacks are the perfect buy-in for most kids. 

This activity works on sorting and comparing values.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Patterns

  • Sort objects based on two characteristics; size, color, shape, texture, or weight

Measurement

  • Compare two sets using the terms more, less, or same as

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Patterns

  • Sort objects based on two characteristics; size, color, shape, texture, or weight

Measurement

  • Compare 3 sets using the terms more, less, same as, equal to, most and least

Required Materials

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*Animal Crackers

Step #1
Grab a handful of animal crackers. 
Step #2

Sort the crackers based on what animal they are.

You can start by saying, “This is an elephant. Can you find all the elephants that look like this?”

Step #3
Compare your piles of animal crackers.

You can ask:

  • Are there more camels or lions?
  • Which has fewer, cats or elephants?
  • Do any of the piles have the same?
  • Which pile has the most, which animal has the least?
Step #4
And of course, finish this activity by eating your animals crackers.

Teacher Tip

To make this activity a little more challenging, you can ask your Lil’ questions like, “If I eat two lions, what will have more: lions or giraffes?”

This is challenging content so it’s OK to act it out and eat those two lions to prove the math.

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