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Playful Math for Preschool & Early Elementary

As our children (and their parents!) play around with mathematical ideas and the relationships between them, we develop deep understanding that is strong enough to support future learning.

"Math is so much more appealing (or at least more tolerable for those who don’t prefer it) when you add a hands-on dimension. Here is a collection of activity ideas for math in the elementary years..."

Subitizing Activity: dot patterns, ten frames, rekenrek, finger patterns---The game Savvy Subitizing that I play with this deck of cards is a subitizing activity which builds students’ Spatial Relationships around numbers, but also develops the other number sense relationships of One/Two More or Less, plus, many of the cards encourage students to use the Benchmarks of 5 & 10.

Savvy Subitizing Activity - The Recovering Traditionalist

20+ Things to Do with a Hundred Chart | Let's Play Math! Look for counting-by (multiplication) patterns. Colored disks are nice for this, or use pinto beans. Mark the numbers you hit when you count by 2. What pattern do they make? Make the counting-by-3 pattern, or mark the 7s, etc. You may want to print several charts so you can color in the patterns and compare them...

20+ Things to Do with a Hundred Chart

DIY Rekenreks: "Rekenrek translates loosely to calculation rack or arithmetic rack. The rekenrek is a great visual model for developing a strong sense of 5 and 10, and it supports a strategy-based approach for learning calculations."

Math Coach's Corner: DIY Rekenreks, Take 2

Elementary Problem Solving: The Early Years. For preschool children, mathematical concepts are just part of life’s daily adventure. Their minds grapple with understanding the three-ness...

Elementary Problem Solving: The Early Years

Looking for simple ways to encourage math thinking with your learner? These 10 Questions are great for any age, any grade, and any skill level.

10 Questions To Encourage Math Thinking - Lemon Lime Adventures

Do your kids enjoy learning about how things work? Do they love to solve problems? Did they grow up reading classics such as HTML for Babies?? If so, you may be raising an engineer in-the-making! Here are some of our favorite play ideas and activities to foster the next generation of innovators...

Simple Activities for Little Engineers - Inner Child Fun

Fraction Game: Student roll dice with fractions of 1/6, 1/3, 1/2,1. The goal of the game is to fill the hexagon on the pattern block worsheet. You can also use two dice add the fractions and put the appropriate piece on the board

Towers Up! Whatever number you get is how many blocks you take away. So - say you roll a 3 and a 5. You can take away a tower with 5 blocks and another one with 3 blocks. OR you can take away two towers that are 4 blocks high...

be the thread: towers up!

Shape Logic Math Game for Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, and 3rd Grade Homeschoolers

123 Homeschool 4 Me: Simple, Hands on Logic Math for 2nd Graders

A fun game to play with our developing mathematicians...

Composing Music with Math Activity for Kids: "I chose to aim this activity at Gresham’s math level (finished 2nd grade, starting 3rd grade in the fall), and so I used the numbers 5, 10, and 15. He and Aidan wrote songs that added up to 100 and 200. I had Owen (age 5) just draw the notes without worrying about the addition part of the activity..."

Composing Music with Math Activity for Kids - Frugal Fun For Boys

4 sums in a row: quick & easy math game "It’s a game that is great to shove in your purse or pool bag for times when you’re in waiting rooms, on the sidelines, or at restaurants..."

4 sums in a row: quick & easy math game - teach mama

Four Super Simple Counting Games (

Four Super Simple Counting Games

Domino sorting game


How To Build Your Own Backyard Playground: None of these things are expensive and that's how a child's play space should be. If there is any great truth about an outdoor classroom is that it should be continually evolving and adapting, a hodge podge of old and new and everything in between....

Teacher Tom: How To Build Your Own Backyard Playground

Tell Me a (Math) Story: "My favorite playful math lessons rely on adult/child conversation — a proven method for increasing a child’s reasoning skills. What better w..."

Tell Me a (Math) Story

Recommendation: Change color by 5's (5 white, 5 black, repeat) to help build mental math strategies, make number relationships (like 8=5+3) easily visible. If the shoestring is long enough, tie one end into a loop for easy carrying or hanging.

Dynamic Dual Kinders: Individual Counting Ropes! Easy and Fun!

Maze Game: Land or Water? The children take turns making a maze and setting a dinosaur inside. Then the other dinosaurs (parents or siblings) try to guess whether the...

Maze Game: Land or Water?

The kids loved going around the living room using their clothespin to gather sheep. This was great for strengthening those fine motor skills needed for writing.

This is a math activity with gross motor, and some writing on a vertical surface which is great for beginning writers because it forces the correct wrist position and strengthens the correct muscles in the hand and arm.

Preschool Math Games with Loose Parts - I wasn’t trying to teach any particular mathematical concept. R led the play and therefore learned what was of interest to him (which turned out to be sequencing and addition).

Preschool Math Games with Loose Parts - One Perfect Day

DIY Dominoes Bath Game for Kids -- cheap, simple, and fun! Great for practicing counting and matching numbers!

DIY Dominoes Bath Game for Kids - Parent Teach Play

Montessori Maths Trays | Racheous - Lovable Learning

Montessori Maths Trays - Racheous - Lovable Learning