Looking for some more fun and easy ways to build math into your children’s play? Here are a few other ways to practice math on these long (and hot!) summer days.
Lego Build with Dice
Pre-K: Have your child roll a die (or two, depending on their number identification abilities) and create a Lego tower based on the amount rolled. This can help your child identify that the last item counted is the total. How about combining two towers and counting the total? Now they are learning the beginnings of addition! Take it to another level and they can compare the towers after each new build. Use comparative math language like taller, greater, shorter, less than.
Elementary: Calculation Construction! Depending on the age of your child, they can build towers one of two ways. Take two dice and roll them; find the sum or the product (multiplication). Compare the towers that have the same number of dice dots rolled. How are they different when you multiply versus add? Are there similarities?
Junior High: Even teens secretly love Legos if you make it “so grown up”. Have them find the area and perimeter based on the numbers rolled. They can create a blueprint or layout of the shape and then roll the dice to fill in square footage.
Just Roll With It!
Pre-K: Your child rolls one, two, or three dice; the amount is based on their number sense. Count the dots, say and write the number, and use stickers to show the number.
Elementary: Roll up to 4 dice and put them in any order to create numbers. Have your child write the number in standard form and expanded form. (ex. Standard: 456, expanded: 400+50+6). Roll it up a notch: see who can roll and create the biggest number!
Too easy, how about adding multi-digit numbers with the numbers created? You can also create fact families with two dice (3+2=, 2+3=, etc.). Or, write four digit addends by adding all the numbers on the dice together.
Junior High: Create numbers then determine their greatest common factor and least common multiple. Practice probability by asking questions such as, “What is the likelihood all of your dice will land on 3?” “What are the possible outcomes for rolling a sum of 8?”