This week, the girls and I played different games.
We took out our junk containers and the girls got to pick the junk they wanted to use. Little B picked the bread tags. Little H picked glass rocks. Each child was given a white piece of paper and a die that I made out of wooden cubes I got at the dollar store. I marked the numbers 1-9 on two different die with a black sharpie marker. Little B used the dice but Little H only used one die.
The object of the game was to roll the die and whatever number it displayed, the girls were to build that number on the white paper using the junk they chose for play. Sound simple? Well, it is and you’d be surprised how much kids love to play games of this kind. After a while of rolling and building, we changed the game. For Brooklyn, every time she rolled the die she would have to add that many counters to her paper and then tell me how many counters she had all together. Of course, I guided Little B through the game and would clear her white board when the numbers became too big. Little H eventually graduated to using two die and needed my guidance to keep her on track. Overall, we spent a good hour playing and learning together.
Another game we tried last week was the egg carton game.
I made little circles out of paper and added numbers to them. We dipped into our supply of white beans to use as counters because they’re nice and small. The girls had to build each number from 1 to 12 by dropping beans into each egg hole of the egg carton. Little B did this independently and loved it. I had to help Little H along but she loved being able to play the same game as her sister. Another fun math activity for wee ones!
What games do you play with your little ones?