January 25, 2013

Math Games for Young Children


 Pigby finished MUS Alpha shortly before Christmas.  Then everyone in the house got sick.  We were sick for several weeks.  During that time, not much homeschooling was done.  Many of his math facts were forgotten.  To help us review, I asked a group of homeschooling friends for game ideas.  MUS Alpha is mostly single digit addition and the inverse subtraction facts.  I knew if we went through the worksheets again, I'd have a mutiny on my hands.  I want these facts known well before we move on. So here is what we're doing to review.

  • He's rewatching the MUS videos.  Just watching, not playing with the blocks or anything.  The picture above is of them watching Mr. Demme.  Yes, Digby likes to watch too.
  • Grocery store.  We haven't played this game yet, but I thought it sounded like so much fun.  You label various canned goods from your pantry and then for school you go "shopping."  Then he has to practice adding the totals and giving change.  I know he would love it.
  • The dice game (pictured below).  We have a 20 sided die and two 10 sided dice.  It takes a bit of finagling to come up with a problem he can do if we use the 20 sided die, but they have fun with it. 

 An 18 was rolled.  Then a 1 was rolled, so I had him roll the other one.  That one rolled an 8.  So then I added the 8 and 1 and that's what he subtracted from 18.

 "18-9?  I'm not sure I remember that answer..."

 "Oh wait, yes I do!!!"

 Digby likes to roll too.



 We do as many problems as he can handle.  He'll usually ask to stop after about 20 or so.

Do you have any other math games you like to play?


Megan is the proud momma of Pigby (boy, age 7), Digby (boy, age 3), and Chuck (girl, age 2).  She is having a blast homeschooling her oldest and learning along with him.

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Anna@Exasperation said...

My favorite game for my first grade and preschooler is from our Singapore math books. I made two sets of cards, each set has 0 - 10. They can play by the first person laying down a number and the other person has to find the complementary card so that added together they equal 10. Or they play war style, laying their cards together and the first person to figure out what the answer of the two numbers (added or subtracted) wins that set.

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Andrea said...

Ooo, good ideas, Megan! We have a bunch of crazy dice, but we haven't played any math-related dice games in a long time.

We really like to use dominoes for math games, too. Sometimes we play regular dominoes, since that's another type of number recognition, and sometimes we play a "game" where The Boy chooses a domino from a pile and has to add up both sides.

Briana said...

A fun way to practice flashcards is to play a game of "War." Divide the cards evenly between players. Each player flips over a card at the same time and whoever has the highest sum or product to the problem on their card, wins the cards for that round.