TGIF! I love Fridays because I usually try to make it a game day for school. For elementary age kids this is very easy to do. As kids get into middle school it gets a little harder to create games the kids are interested in. Today Monkey and I put together a game for math. This week we have been working on numbers 0-5. He’s learned how the numbers can be arranged differently, how to use counters to mark what you are counting, how to write the numbers, and that the numbers can be represented in word form.
I call today’s game Fill the Jar.
1 piece of heavyweight construction paper or lightweight cardboard (such as a cereal box)
20 legos, counters, beans or whatever you and your child use as math counters (the markers for Headbandz Jr. and Yahtzee work great too)
6 printed jars, or real jars if you have enough
1 sharpie for labeling your printed jars (or washable marker if using real ones)
1 dry erase or washable marker for tracing the number
1 die (we keep one of our Yahtzee die in our math bag)
number flash cards 0-5, or write them on some index cards
1 snack bag or dry erase sleeve to hold the flash cards for tracing
Before Monkey and I began the game I explained the rules to him and demonstrated how to play.
- roll the die
- match the number of dots on the die with the numbers on the jar
- fill the jar with the same number of counters
- put the flash card with matching number in the bag and trace the number and word
The little dude had a blast filling the jars. We did have to stop once to I could reinforce counter arrangement. He kept wanting to line all the legos up across the bottom of the jar even though they didnt fit very well. I think the toughest skill for him to learn in math so far is that whatever you are counting can be arranged different ways. This is a little guy who loves lining up his Hot Wheels collection so that he can admire them before he plays with them. This activity definately helped him see that arranging items you are counting in different orders is ok
Need a jar template? Grab this one! Don’t worry it’s free.