## Saturday

### Preschool math games and more

Rocks and pebbles make great materials for sorting, making patterns and counting which are all early maths concepts.

Rocks, pebbles and sand make great materials for filling and emptying containers and weighing which are the early math concepts of measurement and weight.

Ideas for sand play: rocks and pebbles and sand and some old plastic containers are all you need. Of course you can get very creative and add lots of other equipment so some more ideas are here.

Rocks and pebbles and sand can also teach us many other things... They can teach us about sharing and about nature and what is really important.
Do you know the story about the teacher who had a container and filled it with rocks and said to her class "Is the glass full?" and the class said yes.
She then added a whole lot of tiny pebbles into the same glass with the rocks and said "Is the glass full now?" and the class said yes.
She then added a whole lot of sand to the glass and said "Is the glass full?" and the class said yes.
The teacher explained it was an analogy for life, "The rocks are the important things - your family, your health, your children. The pebbles are the other things in life that matter, but on a smaller scale. The pebbles represent things like your job, your house, your car. The sand is everything else—the small stuff.

If you put the sand or the pebbles into the jar first, there is no room for the rocks. The same goes for your life. If you spend all your energy and time on the small stuff, material things, you will never have room for the things that are truly most important. Pay attention to the things that are the big things in your life. Play with your children. Spend time with your family. Look after your health.
If you spend all your time on the small stuff, the material things, you will never have room for the most important things.