This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
Does your family enjoy watching IndyCar races? Today, I want to share a fun activity with you that combines fast cars, math skills, and a good cause.
This charitable campaign is sponsored by United Rentals – a company that has proven to be committed to veterans’ causes again and again. They hire veterans, and often give back to charities as their way of saying thanks. This year, for every lap IndyCar racer Graham Rahal makes they’ll donate $50 to SoldierStrong. This is an amazing charity that provides scholarships, resources, and a super cool SolderStrong SoldierSuit, which helps veterans regain mobility during rehabilitation. (If you have any kids obsessed with bugs – make sure they check out this suit – it’s basically a cutting-edge exoskeleton and it’s doing amazing things for our injured vets.)
This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart as a military spouse. My husband has served 15 years now – it’s so heartwarming to me to see companies and charities coming forward to serve the military community. I’ll be getting my whole family involved. The kids can cheer on Rahal by watching his race with a tally sheet in hand and we can all celebrate as the dollars roll in.
Before we watch the race, I’ll have the kids review tally making with popsicle sticks. All you need is a handful- 20-30 should be enough for young kids to understand how we are using lines to count.
It’s helpful for them to be able to count their sticks and practice laying them out like tally marks before moving to paper to make their tally marks. Lay them out on the table, and have them count the whole stack before grouping them into tally sets. While they do this, I show them how to draw tally marks on paper. Then, we practice counting by five, and demonstrate how tally marks make counting fast and easy.
During the race, the kids can have a tally sheet in front of them, and they can count each lap Rahal makes. After the race, the kids can count up the laps and then do the math to see how much money was raised. At $50 dollars a lap, they’re going to raise a lot of money, fast! (They’re already at $50,111 at the time I wrote this post- which is amazing!)
I encourage you to join in- you can download the tally sheet in our shop and count those laps with your kids.
Visit the Turns For Troops page to see how much money has been raised already and consider donating to the cause so we can raise even more money for these deserving veterans!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of United Rentals. The opinions and text are all mine.