I am excited to partner with KORXX today to bring you this post on playing with circumference. This post contains affiliate links
It is amazing to me how many big educational concepts can get introduced naturally through play. We have our curriculum that we follow regularly and I find it to be quite enriching. Yet almost every day we are adding to it with concepts and ideas stumbled upon through play.
We have had these KORXX Bal-lu cork building blocks for quite a few weeks now. The boys have explored them and played with them in many different ways.
One math concept we ended up playing with quite a bit was the idea of circumference.
It all started when Sam wondered which KORXX cork building block would roll the fastest down a ramp. Then it progressed into how many rolls it would take. Pretty soon both boys were learning all about circumference.
I decided to set up an invitation to learn about circumference in a bit of a different way. I measured some yarn and cut it to be the right length to wrap around the centers of each Bal-lu block.
I then stacked the KORXX in the middle of the table with the pile of yarn next to it. I must say, it looked wonderfully inviting.
There is just something about these KORXX blocks! They are so lovely to play and explore with. When I wrote about the other KORXX set that we have last month I mentioned how I love them for quiet time play and also how they are Eco-friendly and responsibly harvested from cork trees. But I also love them because they are simply inviting and fun.
As soon as the boys came into the room they were drawn to my invitation. Sam immediately wondered what the yarn was for so I encouraged him to try to find out.
He got it first guess. This boy of mine is quick! I think he gets it from me. He is not at all modest yet though … not sure who he gets that from …
Anyways, straight away he took the longest yarn and wrapped it around the largest KORXX block. He then lined the yarn up longest to shortest and wrapped them in order around the other blocks.
I explained a little bit about circumference, and introduced him to that word and concept, but for the very most part my 6 and 4 year old simply played with these new ideas.
There is so much power in play.
They continued exploring and playing for quite some time, and then, as always, the ninja chopping began. One would build the tower, the other would ninja chop it down. Then they would switch – again and again and again.
I watched and really, really tried to think about any possible educational value this was adding. Co-operation? Gross motor skill development? Nah. It was just loads of fun.
We are very happy with our KORXX cork building blocks. Lots of quiet time (and not so quiet time) fun and loads of playful learning as well.
Thank you so much for reading friends. I hope you are having a wonderful week! Please be sure to check out the posts below for more ways to play with KORXX:
Teaching Positional Words with KORXX Cork Building Blocks from Still Playing School
Simple Addition Activity with KORXX Blocks from Stir the Wonder
Elkonin Boxes Using KORXX Cork Building Blocks from Fun-A-Day
Quiet Bowling Activity for Kids with KORXX Blocks from Lalymom
Mirror Book Play with KORXX Blocks from Fireflies and Mud Pies