Friday, October 18, 2013

Super Simple Fall Math Game

Fall math game

Today’s super simple math game took about five minutes to create and set up. If you would like to make one for some of your favorite little people here’s a list of materials:

Playdough - ours is home made and it smells like vanilla, so it’s perfect for fall!
Leaf gems - found at Target in the dollar bin.
2 Wooden cubes - mine were snagged from a building set but you could also find them in the craft store if you don’t have any laying around.

To set up the game: 

1.) Place the gems in a container in the center of the table. 
2.) Give each child a lump of play dough

To Play: 

The first player tosses the dice, identifies the number on the die then chooses that many gems to push into his / her play dough. When s/he is finished pass the die to the next player.

The really great thing about this game is that younger children can play with the dough and gems while waiting for the next turn because waiting can be such a L-O-N-G time when you are little. 

Also I made 2 dice numbered 1-6 and 7-12 but these guys were only able to wait, count and identify up to 6. If I had added the second set of dice I would have lost them so we will try it again when they are ready for something a little more challenging. 

To vary the difficulty consider the following adaptions to the game.

For younger players use only one die numbered 1-6.
For older players use two dice numbered 1 - 12.
Make all the dice double digits and practice identifying larger groups of objects. 

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