Beginning Math Skills

Today while Emily and I were playing memory (Hello Kitty Flip ‘n’ Match), I noticed that the board it came with would be perfect for some beginning math skills.  I went and got some marbles and a die to roll.  I had her roll the dice and then add that many marbles.  We took turns rolling the die and adding more until the board was filled up.  The whole time I threw in some math terms and asked her questions.

  • How many do we have altogether?
  • What do you have to roll to fill up the row?
  • How many more do you need to fill the board up?
  • You rolled a 5 first and now a 3.  What is 5 plus 3 more?

These kinds of questions are ones that kids encounter in word problems.  When I taught first grade many kids had a hard time figuring out how to answer those problems.  So whenever I can I ask my girls so they will understand what they mean as they get older.



Fifty Nifty United States

Ashlyn has been very interested in learning the states so I got out my old map poster and put it in her room.  I decided to make it into a game.  I used some bug stickers and made a key on a piece of paper.  I put a different kind of bug for each state I wanted her to find.  Most of the states I chose have family that live there.  Then I wrote the name of that state next to the sticker.  She had to find the state and put a matching sticker on it.  She loved it and even read all the states that she found to me.



Sight Word Go Fish

Here’s a fun way to reinforce sight word recognition by playing the game Go Fish.  Make a deck of 21 pairs of sight words using index cards cut in half.  Deal five cards to each player and make the rest the “fish pond”.  Play the game just like Go Fish.  As your child’s reading vocabulary grows, add more cards to the deck.   You can also play this game using numbers or letters instead of sight words. 

 Here are some other sight word activities.

Hide and Go Seek with Daddy- Bad Idea!

Yesterday was a rainy day here in the sunshine state.  It rained from 1:30 in the afternoon until I went to bed last night at 10:45.  We made the most of it though by going on a long bike ride before the down pour, making cookies, and watching videos.

Then Ashlyn wanted to play hide and go seek.  She always wants to play.  I don’t know why but I hate that game.  Thankfully, my husband agreed to play with her.  So I stayed busy playing working on the computer while he and the girls played.  I heard them laughing and Ashlyn saying,”DADDY!” so I wanted to see what was going on.  This is what I saw!


This was his hiding place.  Ashlyn thought it was hilarious!


Then it turned into this.  He likes to outdo himself.


Then my favorite.  Ashlyn was hiding from me.  Her face says it all!

Find the Number Game

This is a fun game to help children learn their numbers and how to find them on a chart. Using a hundreds chart is a great activity to teach kids the different number patterns. It can also help in learning to count by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s. Here is how you play.

  • Print out the hundred board or the twenty board depending on the age and level of the child.
  • Decide what you are going to have the child use to mark the number on the board. I’ve used M&M’s, raisins, Cherios, etc. Using something edible is more fun.
  • Write different numbers on index cards and show them to the child one at a time. Have them say the number and then find it on the board. When they find it they can place a “marker” on that number.
  • Repeat this as many times as you want. As the child continues to locate the numbers on the chart, they should begin to notice different patterns in how the chart is set up. ex. In this row all the numbers start with the number 4, or in this column all the numbers end in 7, and so on.
  • When you have finished, have the child pick up one marker at a time and say the number again before he eats it.