# 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.

Free download: Pattern block activities and games. Try these, and then branch out on your own explorations of pattern, shape, and design.

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The Amazing Flexible & Free {Printable} Ruler – Measure Odd Shaped Objects Easily!

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Maths can be done outdoors and here is a simple task children can do that suits all skill levels. (Laughing Kids Learn)

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#### Some good ideas on this blog could be a challenge for older kiddos

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Outdoor Math Game: Exploring Size - The Measured Mom

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fraction game using connect four for a math activity

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On every page are four shapes. The question is the same throughout the book—which one doesn’t belong? If you are thinking, “It depends on how you look at it,” then you’ve got the idea...

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Negative Numbers for Young Students: "Would you like to introduce your students to negative numbers before they study them in pre-algebra? With a whimsical number line, negative ..."

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#### negative number tree....great ideas for introducing negative numbers!

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Math Coach's Corner: A Mathemagician's Game for Making Ten

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#### Math Coach's Corner: A Mathemagician's Game for Making Ten. Is it math or is it magic? Maybe a little of both! Check out this nifty activity for making tens that r.equires nothing more than a deck of playing cards. :)

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#### Math Coach's Corner: 2nd Grade This blog has some really great math teaching tips...pop ups are a little annoying but still has good content

### Math Coach's Corner: A Mathemagician's Game for Making Ten

Games and Activities with Pattern blocks: The best part of playing with pattern blocks is sitting next to another person and conversing about anything and everything while you play...

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Seeing Improper Fractions: ...where the numerator is larger than the denominator, like 5/3 or 289/18. Children naturally get used to thinking that a fraction is like a partially filled pie. 3/4 means we had a pie with 4 pieces but there are only 3 left. And then we spring 5/4 on them--- “Huh? If there are only 4 pieces in the pie to begin with, how is it possible to have 5?”

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Work on math and fine motor skills with this fun laundry inspired match game. Match up the numbers on the socks to the numbers on the clothes pins.

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#### Math & Fine Motor activity for kids. put in dramatic play and they will never know they are working on fine motor skills

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#### Dirty socks number match and fine motor activity - could go in dramatic play area

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Straws, shoelaces and fine motor skills in children. It’s a good activity for kids over 2 years of age, but while my toddler was stringing, my much older kid also sat by our side with a shoelace in her hand, so the age thing is quite relative…

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#### Kinder teachers: Also great for teaching patterns. Straws, shoelaces and fine motor skills in children. Create patterns while practicing fine-motor skills

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#### We used to make these as kids - cut straws into pieces and string them like beads. Straws, shoelaces and fine motor skills in children. Good idea for a Sunday School beading centre. Not as expensive as buying lots of beads. Repinned by SOS Inc. Resources http://pinterest.com/sostherapy.

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Giant Pattern Block Scenes: Contact paper is a wonderful stabilizer so kids can create giant pattern block scenes without getting frustrated by pieces being moved around.

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#### Play pattern blocks without them slipping and sliding around

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Game: Hundred Chart Nim: The first player chooses any number from 1 to 15 and places a token on that square of the hundred chart. On each succeeding turn, the pla...

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Must-Read Math Book: It’s a short book with plenty of great stories, advice, and conversation-starters. While Danielson writes directly to parents, the book will...

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"This game held Owen’s interest for several rounds, but the amazing part was that it also held his brother’s interest as well (ages 7 and 10)!"

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Let the KIDS decide what to write on the post-its: any calculation that = the house number.

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Here's a post with lots of suggestions for using Cuisenaire rods.

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#### Great games to play with Cuisenaire Rods! Haven't read this out yet...check educational perspectives before using!

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"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..."

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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.

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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...

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#### 20+ things to do with a hundred chart- love the idea of a 100s chart drawn in chalk outside!

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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."

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#### Math Coach's Corner: DIY Rekenreks (Nope, I didn't know what a rekenrek is either. LOL)

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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...

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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.