Math Activity: Use Cereal Squares to Create Arrays

An array is simply an arrangement of something, and I love to provide tangible objects for my kids to arrange in such a way that they can SEE math happening right in front of them!

For example, these cereal squares were arranged in such a way that they show how two rows of five equal ten – or five columns of two equal ten.

In our homeschooling, we begin using arrays early on in our learning!

In the preschool years, we began by simply counting the individual items:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10.

Then as we move past the counting stage, we begin talking about the different rows/columns/groups of items – adding them together to find totals: 5 + 5 = 10

It is around this time when we begin talking about counting by – and for this example, counting by 2’s:  2, 4, 6, 8, 10

Beyond that, arrays are fantastic for beginning to explore multiplication and division families: 2 x 5 = 10 5 x 2 = 10

Cereal squares are fun to use, but so are other objects, and literally anything goes: blocks, buttons, beans, toy vehicles, pretend animals – anything!