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My kids love games. When I pull out a game I’ve created or another one I have found….they are so excited. These sweet little boys are great guinea pigs for printable math games.
As much as they love those games, hot off the press, there is something special about board games that come in a box with cool pieces and new challenges. Normally when we think of board games, we think of games like Candy Land, Guess Who (so going to be under the tree for my oldest this year), or Sorry.
But did you know there was a plethora of board games just like Candy Lane or Sorry that have a math focus. It is a perfect way to have fun as a family and sneak in some math practice.
Before I share some of the fantastic math board games for kids that are available for families today, I wanted to share a quick story.
When I was young, my parents had this cool game called Cribbage. It was this rectangular board with small holes and tiny pegs that you moved. We played that game over and over…and it was a special time between my parents and me.
Today, I don’t remember exactly how the game is played….but you know what I do remember. You had to create 15 with your cards.
When I was young, math was not my thing, but I knew how to get to fifteen. 9 + 6 or 7 + 8 was drilled into my brain forever because of this game I played for fun with my parents.
So if you are looking for some family time and an opportunity to develop math skills, check out this fun list of math board games for kids.
Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game, 8 Pieces
This game works on very basic math skills. The children roll two die, add them up, then move their swamp creature around the board.
Sums in Space – An Addition & Subtraction Math Game for Kids
This game throws in subtraction but keeps children adding and subtracting within 10. I love how this game includes options to play against each other or to have families or students work together. They even work on even and odd numbers in this game.
I wish I had known about this game when we first began to work on subtraction. First, the children build the train tracks. Then they move the train around the tracks based on the number they roll on the die. Once they land on a space they solve the math problem and they can even check it!
CLUMSY THIEF – Adding to 100 Game
Just as it is important to learn to add to 10, it is equally important to practice adding to 100. This fun, fast-paced game has children finding combinations that equally one-hundred, grabbing money from other players, and trying to get the “thief” in jail. This is a fun family game, even if you don’t need to work on adding to 100.
Logic Roots Mountain Raiders Board Game with Addition of 3 digit numbers Stem Toy Math Resource
Once your children are doing well with addition in the ones and tens place, then jump to this game with three digit addition. In this game children are off to find the treasure…and along the way, they must add in the hundreds place as well as tackle other challenges that are thrown their way.
For my six-year old’s birthday, he received a spelling scramble game for beginning spellers. He loved, as it was fun to play…and I loved it since they were spelling common words over and over. This game is similar to scramble, but instead of words children are working on creating equations. They can create adding, subtraction, multiplication, or division problems!!
Logic Roots Pet Me Multiplication and Division Math Board Game Stem Toy Math Resource
This game works on simple division. The children use division to feed pets and earn hearts for their good work.
HABA Secret Code 13+4 A Tricky Arithmetic Game (Made in Germany)
This is another game that works on all four basic operations. In this fun game, children must solve a mystery by doing math facts.
Logic Roots Monster Sock Factory First Step To Multiplication Montessori Toy Math Manipulative
In this game, children help monsters in a sock factory get their sock ready to distribute and work on multiplication in the process.
This game has been Endorsed by the Good Toy Guide For 2017 and National Numeracy. With luck cards and token money, there is so much going on that kids will forget they are practicing their multiplication facts.
Learning Resources Pizza Fraction Fun Game, 13 Fraction Pizzas
This bright colorful game is a fun way to identify fractions, find equivalent fractions and even start adding and subtracting fractions. This game has seven different ways to play so that multiple students can be challenged.
Learning Advantage 4080 The Original Fraction Dominoes Game, Grade: 3 to 7, 6.5
I loved playing dominoes as a child. This game gets children playing this popular game with a fractional twist. The cards have denominators from 2 to 12, including both pictures and fraction numbers, and well as pictures that show parts of a whole or parts of a set.
Logic Roots Froggy Fractions Card Game for Advanced Fraction Skills
This game really gets in to some important fraction skills. Children will be simplifying fractions, comparing fractions, and finding equivalent fractions. The reviews say the directions are vague, but if you are up for figuring them out or creating your own rules….the skills that are being worked on are great.
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It doesn’t happen very often, but periodically I find a math concept that stumps my seven-year-old. For the most part, he just flies through math, whipping out answers, and surprising his mom with his number sense.
This fraction concept puzzled him. I could see a frustration in his eyes, that normally only appears during writing.
What was causing him such anguish? Fraction of a set word problems.
So often most of our fractional instruction revolves around fractions being apart of a whole. We focus on pies, pizza, and visual models. But, we leave out the fact that fractions can be used to be part of a set….such as 2/9 of the M&M’s in the pack are red.
We had played games with this concept, done the clip cards from this fraction set, and had worked on it in through some worksheets in our math curriculum. But now that it was time for some word problems….we were stuck.
There are two main type of fractions of a set word problems. The first type gives children information about the part, and then the children have to figure out what the whole is. The other one will tell you information about the whole, and the children will have to figure out about the part.
An example of this type of problem might be…..
The children begin by taking the number and dividing it up by the numerator. 10 ÷2 = 5
Now they know that there are 5 shirts in each group. By looking at the denominator they know that there are 3 groups. Soooo, they multiply 5 x 3 which equals 15. There are 15 shirts!!!
When solving a problem like this, you might see…..
2/5 of the shirts are blue. If there are 15 shirts, how many are blue?
First, the children should figure out how many shirts are in each group. So they would take the 15 shirts and divide them into 5 (denominator) equal groups. 15 ÷ 5 = 3
They now know that there are 3 shirts in each group. Since two of the groups (numerator) have blue shirts, the children multiply 3 x 2 to find out that 6 of the shirts are blue.
There is very little prep work for these printables.
First, have the children read the problem, and underline important information.
In the example above, the student would want to know that 3/5 of the bears are blue, the rest are green, and that there are 15 altogether.
Next, the students use the colored bears to work out the problem.
Using the problem above, the children would count out 15 blue bears. Next, they would divide them into five equal groups since the denominator tells us there are five groups.
15 ÷ 5 = 3 so we know that there are three bears in each group.
Using the bears in front of them, they write the answer to the problem in the answer box.
Three of the groups are blue so 3 x 3 = 9. Nine of the shirts are blue.
Two groups are green, so 3 x 2 = 6. Nine of the shirts are green.
Finally, the children write out an equation for what they did.
The children started off taking the 15 bears and dividing them into three groups. They then skip counted or multiplied to figure out how many bears there were altogether.
15 ÷ 5 = 3
2 x 3 = 6 or 3 x 3 = 9.
As we worked through these problems, I began to see the frustration begin to dissolve. So we get to move unto our next topic. Two-Digit multiplication!!!!
You’ve Got This
Rachel
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There are numerous fraction activities to help teachers and parents introduce fractions…and they are fun too. There are STEM projects, art projects, and of course games. No matter how you choose to expose your little ones to the world of fractions, here are some concepts you may want to cover.
Books are a wonderful way to introduce fractions, and there are so many fraction activities that can be done based on books.
I love this activity based on Twinderella and this one based on Full House. So when you start planning to introduce fractions, grab a few books and enjoy reading with your kiddos.
These are a few we love.
Fidget Spinner Visual Model Game by You’ve Got This Math
Heart Fractions From Life Over C’s
Pizza Fraction Clip Cards from Playdough to Plato
Chocolate Fractions Pack by Life Over C’s
Fraction BINGO by School Time Snippets
Roll and Fill Fraction Game by School Time Snippets
Math Measuring Story With Fraction Work by Wise Owl Factory
Leomande Fraction Clip Cards by Schooling A Monkey
Pizza Fraction Game from 123 Homeschooling 4 Me
Fraction Matching from Royal Baloo
How to Teach Fractions by Math Geek Mama
Build an Ocean Scene Fraction Activity from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Snowflake Fractions by Royal Baloo
Exploring Fractions on a GeoBoard by Math Coach’s Corner
Fractions by The Measured Mom
Fraction Sundaes from Avah Ham
Learning About Fractions with LEGO by Next Comes Learning
Free Fraction Pack by Royal Baloo
Fraction Board Game by Eduction.com
How To Teach Fractions by The Measured Mom
Apple Fraction Math by Little Bins For Little Hands
Pizza Fraction Project by 4th Grade Frolics
Math Fraction Art Project by Schooling a Monkey
Spring Into Fractions Art Project by Creative Educator
Most of grew up learning one method of finding equivalent fractions. We all learned that when we multiply fraction by a fraction that equals a whole number you end up with an equivalent fraction. But do we understand why?
Every time we teach a new math concept we should also be teaching the why….and using manipulatives is an awesome tool for this.
Here are a few manipulatives I love for teaching fractions.
Now check out some ways you can use these manipultives to help children learn about equivalent fractions.
Fraction Board Game from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Equivalent Fraction Board Game from Math Geek Mama
Equivalent Fraction: Missing Numerator Game by Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational
Drawing Number Lines to Visualize Equivalent Fractions by Math Coach’s Corner
Apple Themed Equivalent Fraction Game from Math Geek Mama
Hershey Fractions Printable Cards by Teach Beside Me
Equivalent Fractions: Game Of Spoons by Games 4 Gains
Concrete Learning For Equivalent Fractions by Math Coach’s Corner
Free Pizza Fraction Activities by Life Over C’s
Create a Quilt by C Palms
Candy Corn Comparing Fractions by You’ve Got This Math
Back to School Fractions from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Fraction Area Models by Math Geek Mama
Fishing For Equivalent Fractions by Reaching For Resources
Strategies For Comparing Fractions by Math Coach’s Corner
Developing Fraction Sense Using Benchmark Fractions by Math Geek Mama
Comparing Fractions: Find a Common Numerator or Denominator by Math Coach’s Corner
Fraction Predict and Compare by Laura Candler
Equivalent Fractions and Comparing Fractions by University Of Alabama
Though printable games are fun, there is something special about pulling a game out of a box. So if you are looking for special games to practice adding and subtracting fractions…..here are a few fun ones.
Apple Activites for Kids by Schooling A Monkey
Adding and Subtracting Math by Loving Math
Adding Fractions Bump Game by Games For Gains
Christmas Fraction Board Game by Math Geek Mama
No Prep Fraction Game by The Elementary Math Maniac
Four Sum Fractions from Learn With Math Games
Math and Music by Education Closet
Printable Fraction Game from Learn With Math Games
Adding and Subtracting Fractions With Unlike Common Denominators Task Cards by Teach and Run
Subtracting Mixed Numbers from Math Geek Mama
Skittle Fraction Fun from Fourth Grade Frolics
Subtracting Fractions with Like Common Denominators by Ms Third Grade
Adding and Subtracting Fun Activity by Teach at The Beach
Roll and Answer by Anna Aguilar
Falling For Fractions Adding and Subtracting Fractions Matching Game by Leaf and STEM Learning
Multiplying Mixed Numbers (Free Puzzles) from Math Geek Mama
Fraction Of Group Games by Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational
Multiplying Domino Fractions By Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational
Multiplying Fractions by Math Coach’s Corner
BooTiful Fraction Puzzles by Blue Mountain Math
Multiplying Fractions Math Riddle by TLSBooks
16 Task Cards For Multiplying and Dividing Fractions by Crafting Connections
Simple and Fun Division BINGO: Answers As Fractions from Math Geek Mama
Dividing Fractions Game from Teaching WIth A Mountain View
Four Dice Games by Math File Folder Games
Dividing Fractions Lesson Plan by Money Instructor
Online Math Game Using Fraction Bars by Math Games
Dividing Fractions By Whole Numbers with Poster and Video
Problem Solving and Graphic Organizers by Exceeding the Core
Using Models to Divide Fraction Using Google Freebie by Mitchell’s Mathematicians
Task Card Fraction Review by Promoting Success (has adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions)
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Last week I shared a hundred chart activity to help my son understand what happens when you add by ones vs tens. He is starting to show that he understanding this concept, so this week we are taking it to the next level.
We are comparing expressions!
There are three sheets for him that once again have him adding ones, then tens, and then ones and tens together. These sheets help children become more familiar with a hundred chart, larger numbers and develop number sense as they focus on adding ones and then tens.
The first sheet has our kiddos adding and subtracting by ones. Before we work on this sheet, I make sure they understand that when we subtract by one we move to the left. When we add by ones, we move to the right.
Next, we worked on adding tens. Again this followed our discussion of when we add ten we move down the hundreds chart, and when we subtract by ten we move straight up.
Get More Work WIth Adding and Subtracting 10’s HERE!
Finally, we finished with adding two-digit numbers. This really requires number sense and the knowledge of the tens and ones place. We always began by adding the tens place, and then we would add the ones. This is how many people do mental math, so it is a great strategy to teach.
2. Next, print off both the hundreds chart on card stock paper. Cut the chart in the hundreds off at the line right above 101. Next, line it up and tape it under the number 91. Finally, laminate for durability.
3. Provide candy corn, pencil, and a marker for the 100’s charts.
1. Children solve each expression and write the answer on the line.
We did the first line together. I showed him how he had to solve the first expression, and my little man moved his colored bear in the direction it needed to go. Whatever number he landed on was the number he wrote in the first blank. Next, we moved to the second expression. We followed the same steps and recorded the answer.
Now it came time to compare. For the most part, my first grader was able to compare the two expressions without help. But I did show him if he pointed to each number on the hundreds chart it was easier to see which number was greater.
2. Next, I had him place the largest part of the candy corn facing that expression that was the greatest.
3. Finally, the best part came. He got to eat all the candy corns!
Enjoy eating a few candy corn and helping children strengthen their number sense.
You’ve Got This
Rachel
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But despite all the festivities, a little bit of learning is still needed. In keeping with the Spirit of Christmas, I went on a search to find Christmas math games and activities, and here is a list that will keep your classroom and your homeschool room festive and the learning still happening.
Christmas Lights Counting Cards by Life Over C’s
Christmas Coloring Game by Buggy and Buddy
Fine Motor and Christmas Counting by Teach Me Mommy
Roll and Color Christmas Tree Number Activity by Fantastic Fun and Learning
Christmas Math Games with Die by This Reading Mama
Gingerbread Pattern Cards by The Stem Laboratory
Christmas Color By Numbers by Itsy Bitsy Fun
Christmas Counting Clip Cards by The Kindergarten Connection
Christmas Place Value Mat from Blessed Beyond a Doubt
Expanded Form Printable Christmas by Life Over C’s
Hands On Christmas Place Value Practice From Royal Baloo
Decorate a Christmas Tree by Math Geek Mama
Ordinal Numbers by Life Over C’s
Christmas Grid Games from Gift Of Curiosity
Greater Than or Less Than by 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Adding Ornament Game from You’ve Got This
Decomposing Teen Numbers from You’ve Got This
Three Addends Christmas Math Games from Wise Owl Factory
Christmas Tree Math Printables from School Time Snippets
Add and Decorate the Christmas Tree from School Time Snippets
Christmas Fact Families from 123 Homeschool For Me
Adding and Subtracting Christmas Math Problems from 123 Homeschool For Me
Christmas Tree Addition from Fantastic Fun and Learning
Christmas Roll – Doubles From Rulin The Roost
Fact Family Christmas Tree From Saddle Up for Second Grade
Santa’s Helper Subtraction Game by Royal Ballo
Skip Counting Christmas Activites from 123 Homeschool For Me
Christmas Cut and Paste For Multiplication and Division from 123 Homeschool For Me
Snowman Multiplication and Division Bump Games by Games 4 Gain
Christmas Multiplication Challenge by Math Geek Mama
A Christmas Multiplication Facts Game by Games 4 Gain
Christmas Themed Printable Fraction Board Game by Math Geek Mama
Fraction Roll by Logic Roots
A Decimal Operation Craftivity Freebie by Teaching To Inspire
Christmas Decimal Build and Draw Freebie by WIld About Fifth Grade
Christmas Color a Fraction by Math Geek Mama
Snowman Fraction Clip Cards by Fun WIth Mama
Winter Math: Snowman Fractions by Teach Beside Me
Reindeer Equivalent Fractions by The Elementary Math Maniac
Christmas Pattern Blocks by PreKinders
Snowman Clocks from Teaching Blog Roundup
Christmas Measurement – Math Centers by United Teaching
Elf Christmas Measurement Worksheets by Kindergarten Couture
Graphing Four Quadrants from Math Aids
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My oldest is amazing at math. Even at a young age, he could amaze other with his mental math. But it doesn’t come as easy to my second child, and as a homeschool mom I have to be careful. The way I taught my oldest, will not work on my youngest. And this has become very obvious in the past week.
With my oldest, we played with the hundreds chart a little bit and almost magically he was able to add numbers in the two digits place. Not so much, with my youngest. We haven’t spent quite as much time with a hundreds chart, and this week I could definitely see some struggles.
So when there is a struggle, it is time to step back and find a way to help. And this is what this number chart activity is designed to do.
There are three steps to this activity to help children develop number sense and place value.
The first eight clip cards focus on adding and subtracting by ones. I wanted my little guy to understand that when adding by ones we move to the right, and when we subtract we move to the left. Since I had also noticed him not understanding what happens past 100, some of the clip cards focus on adding and subtracting around the 100’s. In this example, the card has the student starting at 96 then moving up 9. This helps them become more familiar with what happens once you pass the 100’s mark.
In this set, the children now have to realize that when we add 10 we move down the hundreds chart, and when we subtract 10 we move up. Knowing how to add and subtract by 10 is a great way to build that number sense that leads to mental math.
The last eight cards have the students putting it all together. In this example, they would start by subtracting twenty, and then they would subtract one more to find the answer.
Though the clip cards don’t show expressions or even use the words add and subtract, at some point it is important that the students make this connection. One way you can do this is by having them create an equation for each clip card. Simply hand them a record sheet and have them write out the number they started with. Then add a subtraction or addition sign based on whether they went up or down on the hundreds chart. The next number is based on how many spaces they used. Finally, the answer to the equation is where they ended up.
I know I’m seeing some number sense develop in my little guy as we work through these….and I hope you will see the same in your kiddos.
You’ve Got This
Rachel
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]]>Is it time for your kiddos to do a little addition practice? You could hand them a worksheet and have them solve numerous problems or you could have them play games or work puzzles.
This activity is perfect for fall and getting in some additional addition practice.
As a homeschool mom, I have found it pretty easy to do puzzles. I simply put them out, my kiddo puts them together and I come back and check them. If there is any wrong, I simply have my little guy work out the problem on a whiteboard and fix them.
But I was a public school teacher for many years, so I know that these fun activities are often a challenge. If you love the idea of puzzles here are a few options you may want to try.
Or hand 1/2 of an apple to one child and the other to another child. The children get to move around the room looking for their partner.
I have always done most of my math teaching in small groups. I love having a small group working with me while others are playing games, doing independent work, or STEM projects. My favorite part was that I could quickly catch a misunderstanding and correct it before a child practiced it over and over incorrectly.
Grabbing these puzzles is a fun way to have children practice their addition or subtraction skills in front of you. They are having fun, and you get to see who is getting it and who needs more review.
If the majority of your children have mastered three and two digit additon, these are great to add to a center. Add a record sheet and require them to complete 10 puzzles. Now you have a grade too!.
I hope these puzzles add some fun to your math time!
You’ve Got This
Rachel
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They totally got it right. The worked through all the subtraction or multiplication, followed every step correctly, and have this beautiful answer. The only problem. It is not simplified!!
It seems that last step gets so many children, and you know me. If there is a struggle in math, then a game is needed to provide practice. SO here it is….a simplifying fraction BINGO game!
If you have taught fractions before, you know that we are always looking for fractions in their simplest form. Who wants the fractional answer of 6/12 when that fraction really stands for 1/2?
So how do you simplify fractions?
Well, the first step is to find the greatest common factor, this is the largest number that will equally divide up the numbers in the numerator and the denominator.
I’ve alway had my children use the numerator, and list out all the factors of that number. The largest factor that goes into both the numerator and denominators is the number they use.
Now it is just like finding equivalent fractions, but instead of multiplying….they divide.
As this is a BINGO game, it is easy to play. If you are teaching in a classroom I highly suggest you play is a small group. This will allow you to make sure the children are correctly simplifying, and also provides you with an opportunity to see any misconceptions.
These cut and paste activities use the same fractions from the game!! So after a few times playing, they make a great grade or a final assessment to see if they can really do it on their own.
I hope this game provides you with correct answers that are simplified!!!
You’ve Got This
Rachel
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My boys are officially on my favorite math unit. I’m not sure how they ended up there at the same time, but they did!!! And I’m like a kid a Christmas time because we are going to be studying fractions!
I love fractions! All the manipulatives, coloring, and eating make this subject so fun to explore.
So to celebrate, I created a new game for them and for your kiddos.
Most times when we think about fractions, we think about them in terms of a whole object like pizza or a pie being divided up. It is also very important to teach our children that there is such a thing as fractions of a set.
For example, a small pack of M and M’s would be a great starting place to introduce fractional parts of a set. It is very easy to see that all the M and M’s in one pack would equal the whole or the denominator. Next, have the children sort of the M and M’s by color. Finally, explain, or my favorite ask questions till the students realize that the number of M and M’s for each color would be the numerator.
Let’s say a student has 12 M and M’s in a pack and three of the M and M’s are red. Then 3/12 or 1/4 of the M and M’s are red.
After a little fun with M and M’s it is time to move into a game….and the prep-work is easy!
The game begins with player one drawing a card. The player then looks for a basket of apples that represents that card and then places a block on that basket.
For example, if a player draws 3/8 then they find the basket with eight apples and makes sure that there are three apples the same in that basket. To challenge are kiddos, there are cards that do not match a basket. Unfornetly if they draw that card, they lose a turn.
If a child draws a card and there is already a marker on that picture they may do one of three things:
2. Add another marker making it secure
3. Nothing….if the basket is already secured.
The game ends when all baskets are secured. The player that secured the most baskets wins.
My youngest struggled with this game a little, and I found it a great way to review what a numerator and denominator is. I was constently asking him a question like….
“You have 5/6. What is the only basket you can look at? Why?”
“Ok, you found the basket that has six apples in it, that is our whole. Now, what are you looking for?”
I was looking for an answer like, “I’m looking for 5 apples that are the same, so I can say that 5 out of six apples have stripes.”
Sometimes I got an answer similar, and sometimes I didn’t. We still have some learning to do.
And even if you don’t enjoy teaching fractions as much as I do, I hope that you and your kiddos will have fun with this one while discovering more about fractions of a set.
You’ve Got This
Rachel
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]]>We struggled with it last year but had made some great improvements.
But it is a new school year, and we had a wonderful summer break. Over that time, the names of coins and their values have completely slipped my little boy’s mind.
It can be quite frustrating when so a concept you have worked so hard on has some how slipped away. So to avoid being frustrated, I created a game and a few other activities to help my kiddo remember all that we have learned.
We love games at our house, and it is the easiest and most fun way to get my boys to practice a skill over and over. And this game got my kiddos doing exactly what I wanted them to do…..counting money.
It is an easy game to play, and the fall apple theme was perfect for the cooler weather we have had recently.
For my first grader, we focused on naming the coin, remembering the value, and then collecting the correct change. I was even able to challenge my second grader. After he gathered up his money, he practiced adding that amount to what he previously had.
Once the prep-work is done, now comes the fun.
The players place their game pieces on start, and player one rolls the die. Player one then moves that many spaces. If they land on a blank space, the player picks one apple from the pile and then gets that amount of change out of the coin box. Landing on an apple allows them to pick two apples, but if they land on an empty basket they lose all their money.
The players take turns rolling the die, picking apples, and counting money until both players reach the end spot.
Whoever has the most money at the end of the game wins.
Even though this game was a great way to review money, I wanted my little guy to have a little more practice.
The first activity I created was a money match. I HATE cutting things out, so I decided to use the apples from the game. I simply put out the coin cards, and my first grader found the apple that matched it.
I also created four worksheets for him to work through. He loves to color….so I made sure that he had that opportunity as he was counting money. One coloring page has him counting money and then coloring in the picture that equals that amount, while another page had him coloring in coins to equal a certain amount of money. I also included a cut and paste, and a draw a line to the match activity.
After all this, we are in a much better place. I know that I will have to pull out this counting money game often to keep these skills fresh.
You’ve Got This
Rachel
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