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. So this morning we came up with a variety of games to stimulate their analytic thinking.
1. Bag of small uniform objects – we use black beans or small legos
2. Melissa & Doug Numbers 1-10 Write-A-Mat
We played three different games, each with increasing level of difficulty focusing on basic math skills.
Game #1 – counting
The simplest of the tasks – I asked my five year old to place in each grid the right number of legos. This was a fun activity to get him used to the game, and to introduce the math side into the discussion. As he began to lay out the beans, he decided to make sure to place each one on top of each animal / object. That was his touch.
Game #2 – even / odd numbers
Game #3 – split up the numbers
- we split up number 4 into 2 and 2.
- number five into 2 and 3
- number 6 into 2 and 4, etc.