Number systems form the base of mathematics, and differentiating between even and odd numbers might look like a difficult task, but it’s not the case as kids are very sharp at picking up concepts if explained well. Hence if the even numbers and odd numbers are introduced through some fun activities, students will differentiate between them much better as practical hands-on knowledge never goes out of memory. Knowledge of odd and even numbers helps a lot when it comes to dealing with whole numbers.
Mathematics is all about patterns, observing and manipulating them. Several activities can help kids learn about even and odd numbers by helping them interact with numbers in a fun and interactive manner.
Formation of groups
In order to teach even and odd numbers, the teacher can ask the class to divide themselves into two groups. If equal groups will be formed, that means the number in each group and the total of the class was even. If one was left out, that means that the total class count was odd. The same thing can be done by giving toys, cubes, or pebbles and dividing them into two equal groups. This will involve them in the counting process, and they will get to know that even numbers can be distributed into two equal groups. And if any item is left out, the collection has an odd number of items.
Even and odd numbers can also be memorized by giving the kid’s number charts and asking them to do matching activities. A chart can have two columns, one column having numbers classified as odd and even, and a second column with a pictorial representation of objects. The kids need to count the objects and match them with the first column. This will help them identify the counting of even and odd numbers and also observe the pattern.
Counting and labeling
Playing candy games and by marking their count on the chart will be fun for the kids. Each of them can be given small packs of candies, and they need to circle on the chart how many candies they received in their packet. They can count and select that number on the chart and label it as odd or even.
A calendar is a good way to teach kids about even and odd concepts because it is one thing we constantly see in front of our eyes. Hence observing the dates every day will also help kids observe the pattern of the digits. The dates on the calendar can be marked as odd and even. Following the calendar everyday day will help the kids pick up the concept of odd and even very quickly.
Teaching body parts
Body parts are also a good way to explain the concept of odd and even. The students will get to know what body parts exist in pairs.
There are many other ways also to give kids a glance at even and odd numbers. Like for example, telling them each day what is the class’s attendance, singing some songs related to even numbers and odd is a good way of memorizing them too.
Learning through such interactive games helps in retaining the concepts for a longer time than just reciting them. Moreover playing it along with friends makes the activities more fun. Kids can consult each other and can clear out their doubts much easily. Also, if they make mistakes, they learn themselves by rectifying those mistakes. Learning even and odd numbers in the above-mentioned ways will help kids develop estimation and computation skills as they will become familiar with the characteristics and behavior of the numbers, thus making them gain confidence in maths.