What's The Point
In this activity, your child will practice basic math skills while exploring local habitats and the animals that live in them.
Wild Kratts Creature Math
– Practice addition and subtraction as you create your very own animal habitat filled with cool creature pals.
Creature Roundup – Usa tu conocimiento de matemáticas para liberar a los animales bebé del malvado Zach Varmitech.
This Activity Will Help Your Child
- Learn about local animals and their habitats
- Collect and analyze data
- Build addition and subtraction skills
- Guinea Pigs Add Up
by Margery Cuyler
- Help Me Learn Addition
by Jean Marzollo
How Do I Do It?
Explore an Animal Habitat
- Learn about different animals and their habitats by going to the Wild Kratts Creaturepedia
- Talk with your child about the animals that live in your neighborhood, what their homes are made of, and what they eat. Pick a local animal to explore.
- Create an exploration chart. Divide a sheet of paper into two columns by drawing a line down the middle. Label one column “Food” and the other “Shelter.”
- Take a walk in the animal’s habitat. Encourage your child to look for items the animal uses for food and shelter. For example: leaves, flowers, sticks, pine needles, and nuts. Ask your child to write the name, or draw a picture, of each item you find in the appropriate column of the chart.
Note: Don’t remove anything from an animal’s habitat because the animal might need it, particularly during winter months when food is scarce.
Math Facts with Your Findings
- Following the walk, sit down with your child and talk about the different items on the exploration chart.
- Ask your child math fact questions that relate to the items, such as:
- There a 12 items on your chart. If we take away the ones that your animal uses for food (6), how many items are left? (12 – 6 = 6)
- A squirrel eats nuts and seeds. You have four acorns and two sunflower seeds. How many of the items on the chart would a squirrel eat for dinner? (4 + 2 = 6).
- A beaver builds homes out of sticks. You found three sticks, but your beaver needs ten. How many more does he need? (10 – 3 = 7)
Take It Further
Invite your child to create math questions for you to answer.
Think of how other animals might use the items you found. Create another chart showing the items collected and their different uses.