For our 2nd homeschool group of the year we did some "cookie mining". This is a great activity that incorporates math, ecology, fine motor skills, problem solving and chocolate.
Here's how we set it up.
Everyone got their own "mountain" (a cookie). They got to name their mountain before we started mining. They also got 3 one dollar bills, 2 five dollar bills and 2 tens. They had to decide if they wanted to buy a cheap toothpick to mine with ($5) or an expensive one ($20). Then they began mining for 10 minutes. They were fined $1 for large chunks of their mountain that they broke off in the process of mining. The inspectors were the roving biggest kids. They were also paid $5? (can't remember) every time they got a chocolate chip (gold nugget) out of their mountain. Sometimes their mining equipment (especially the cheap toothpicks) had to be replaced. At the end of the 10 minutes we counted up the money and the nuggets mined and saw who were the most successful miners!
|Banker/mine inspector E Pfundt.|