Run and Count is a game we use to practice counting, and get more familiarity with numbers. It’s very easy: I give the kids cards with varying numbers of stickers on them, the kids count the stickers on the cards, and then run and find the stick that corresponds to the number of objects. For this game I game them clothespins to clip the sticker
We’ve been playing a lot of geometry games around here! To reinforce difference between rectangles and squares, 2 very similar shapes, we decided to go BIG with the shapes! The only supply you need for this is sidewalk chalk, and a big stretch of pavement to draw on! Use their bodies to make the shapes. Making Rectangles: I have 2 little guys, so we made
We’re continuing the Move & Learn series: playful learning ideas for active kids. Along with Hands On: As We Grow and Coffee Cups & Crayons, we will be posting ways to combine gross motor skills with learning. Today’s post is Geometry Jump, an active shape game that can be adapted for toddlers and preschoolers. Shape Game Set Up Using several different colors of sidewalk chalk, draw different
Today we have a guest post from my husband, who loves to create games playing with math, science, and chess for our sons. He surprised me with a guest post highlighting one of his favorite math games, wasn’t that sweet? Starting a math lesson over breakfast can be a tricky ordeal. The kids are not yet in the mood to study or to answer questions.
My most popular post of 2012 contains a few Lego math activities. This is perfect, because we play with Legos all the time. The Legos are the toy my preschooler plays with when he wakes up, and by bedtime he is still going strong with the little plastic blocks. My husband also loves Legos, and they have spent hours, and hours together, working on their latest Lego creation.
For a Christmas-y spin on math practice, we played a Christmas counting game, using red and green felt numbers and Christmas stickers. Playing the Game: I cut the numbers out of felt, and then handed one to my preschooler. He first identified the number, and then placed that number of stickers onto the number. So when I handed him a felt 7, he put 7
To explore symmetry with my preschooler, we got out the paints and paper. My 4 1/2 year old grabbed the paint tube to use the lid as a stamp, placing color on one side of the paper. Then he folded the paper in half, and pressed down on it. I asked him what he thought would happen when he opened the paper. He was so
Who knew there were so many possible math activities with Trains! After discovering his cousin’s Thomas The Tank Engine stash, my older son was immediately hooked on the toy train. He loved playing with “Ta” and spent hours over the next few years moving the cars around the tracks, hooking cars up and disconnecting them, setting up track formations, coming up with his own stories
Legos are a daily staple in our home. Legos allow your imagination to run free. Just yesterday we built a giraffe, a treasure chest, a fort, and a plane while dinner was baking. Children can create with Legos on their own for hours, but I’ve also used our beloved blocks for a few other logic and learning lego math games: Lego Math Learning Ideas Look for
We have a ton of sports cards. Most of the cards feature players with visible numbers on their jerseys. This turned out to be a good way to play math games, and talk about numbers. My kids love sports. They love watching, playing, discussing, reading about, and looking at pictures of people playing sports. You name it, if it involves sports, they are in! It comes