Attributes are the features of something, the words we use to describe an object. Color, shape, size, weight are all attributes. Connecting Camels provides a fun way to explore such characteristics. Ninety camels in three sizes, three weights – five, 10, and 15 grams – and six colors invite sorting, counting, and so much more.
Explore Size and Weight
Camels are proportionally weighted. Use a balance to figure out what each size weighs. Then place different sizes of the camels on the scales. Watch and see what happens. Add one. Take one away. Play around until the scales balance. Count, calculate, and estimate. Now put three small, two medium, and one large camels on one side of the balance. Then put three large and one small on the other. What happens? Take away two smalls and add another medium to one side. The what happens then? Replace one large on the other side with three smalls? The more experimenting, the better. Eventually doing math in your head becomes second nature.
Connect and Measure
Connecting the camels opens a whole new realm of possibilities. Connect camels into rows. Mix up the sizes. Have fun arranging the colors. Compare the rows. Measure. Now count how many large camels you need to make a row five inches long. Then guess how many small camels you need to make another row five inches long. Size determines how much space an object takes up. Large ones take up more space than smaller ones. So you need fewer large ones and more smaller ones to cover the same distance.
Connecting Camels and Sequencing
Now that you know how to link the camels together, you can create patterns of camels using color and size. Additionally Connecting Camels includes Sequencing Cards, a pack of 20 laminated activity cards that help kids learn about patterns and sequencing. Specific sequences of letters form specific words. A sequence of words forms a sentence. Learning to recognize patterns prepares pre-readers to become readers.