One way to practice counting money is with a fun game. Kids can write their name or a sight word. Find the monetary value for each letter. Then add up the amount. If there are ten words, you can find out which word is worth the much.
Your children may need actual money to help with this hands on activity. They could decide how they want to divide the money after the activity within three jars:
*Money to save
*Money to spend
*Money to donate
Have a fun time!
When your kids go to sleep, turn their toy section into a store. Let them practice using and counting money to buy toys they want to play with. Let them take turns being the cashier.
It's time to get outside. Try reinforcing math and sports with a friendly competition.
*Basketball Showdown: Each child takes turns answering an addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division problem. You can use flash cards. If the child gets it right, he/she takes a shot (2 or 3 pointer). The child with the most points will win. You can even adapt this to soccer, football, baseball, etc.
*Hula Hoop: For younger kids, let them count how many items are on a card. They will move their hula hoop that many times.
*Hopscotch: Put numbers on each square. Make up math problems that will match the numbers. Kids have to hop over the number to the problem.
*Water Sprinkler Rush: Kids have to correctly answer a math problem. You can even include fractions, telling time, measurement, etc. If they get the right answer, they get to go through the sprinkler. You can even use a water slide or water gun.
There are so many fun, LEGO math activities and games. Students can learn to sort colors or create patterns. Older kids can reinforce their confidence and skills with addition, subtraction, multiplication, measurement, graphing, fractions, etc.
Here is a link for free LEGO printables that can be used for games and activities: http://www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/free-lego-printables-lego-learning/
Here is a website that explains the process of combining math with LEGOs: http://www.milkandcookiesblog.com/lego-math-for-elementary-school/
Kids love water balloons. Let them measure how far they can throw their balloon. Let them measure the dimensions of the water splatter pattern.
Younger kids can throw balloons in color patterns. They can throw balloons from smallest to biggest.
Older kids can throw five balloons and measure the distance thrown. They can figure out the average throw.
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