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In 10 Seconds

How many claps can your child do in 10 seconds? Use a timer and have your child count the claps. Try again with jumping jacks!

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Extending this activity

  • -Continue with other actions such as jumping jacks, blinking eyes, spinning around, etc. Have a conversation with the child as to why we can do more of some actions (such as clapping) than other actions (such as jumping jacks).

    -Read the book "A Second is a Hiccup" by Hazel Hutchins. The author explains the units of time in imaginative terms such as a second is a hiccup and a week is seven sleeps.

Adjust for an older child

Show the child a clock with a second hand. Show him or her that it takes six 10 seconds to make a minute. Have the child guess how many claps or hops he or she can do in a minute. Test out the prediction.

Adjust for a younger child

You may need to help the child count his or her claps/hops.

What is being taught through this activity

  • Foundational Literacy/Math Skills: Measurement

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