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    Question Math through woodworking?

    I do basic carpentry with my 5 year old and I try to incorporate math into our building projects (measuring, angles, fractions, etc). Is there some book that already does this? I would love to have some supplemental worksheets to go with our building projects. Plus I need some more building ideas too.

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    We do a lot of carpentry/woodworking with our son as well, who will be 5 the day after New Year's.

    We are/have been (for the last 4 1/2 months) remodeling our kitchen and we let him help when he's interested. He got to help tear down the old kitchen to the studs, he got to help build our new cabinets from scratch, he has gotten to help paint the walls and the cabinets (the undercoats at least, I do the final coats on the weekends he is at Grandma's lol).

    We just talk A LOT about what we are doing, why we do things a certain way, walk slowly through some of the math involved with him. I don't expect him to understand all of it, I'm just going for exposure at this point so he can see how much math we use to do all this. I introduce vocabulary like circumference and perimeter. Again no expectation for him to memorize or master it, just exposure right now. If he just wants the tape measure to go around the house measuring things, I let him.

    I don't know of a workbook or worksheet source specifically for young elementary kids that involves carpentry but it would be easy to create your own themed word problems to practice what ever skill you want.

    Joe had 8 pieces of wood, Larry had 3 pieces of wood. Who had more pieces of wood?

    How many 2x4's do you need to make a rectangle? Triangle? Square? Octagon?

    Sarah needs 2 nails for every rung of the ladder for her treehouse. If her ladder had 8 rungs, how many nails does she need?

    Dad built a dining set with 1 table and 4 chairs. It took Dad 4 hours to build a table and 2 hours for each chair. If he started at 7:30am and did not take any breaks, when did he finish?

    I need a piece of 2x4 that is 48 inches long. If I buy a 2x4 that is 96 inches long and cut it to the size I need how much will I have left over? I also need a piece of 2x4 that is 52 inches long. Will I have enough left over after cutting my first piece to cut the second piece?

    Obviously some of these are probably way over most 5 year old's math abilities but you get the idea.

    Some sources for projects to try might be Ana White's website. You could also look up past and present Home Depot kid's workshops and see what kind of projects they do with kids. If you have one nearby you could maybe even attend a few with him. If I remember right, they usually cost around 20 - 25 dollars per workshop and they get to take home an apron, safety glasses and whatever project they worked on. It's been a while since we've attended one as we now live 2 hours away from the nearest Home Depot.

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