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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.

Playful Math for Preschool & Early Elementary

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Fan Tan: A math game for counting up, counting down, and family fun!

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

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

The Amazing Flexible & Free Printable Ruler – Measure Odd Shaped Items | Blog

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

Maths Outdoors - Laughing Kids Learn

Outdoor Math Game: Exploring Size - The Measured Mom

Outdoor Math Game: Exploring Size - The Measured Mom

fraction game using connect four for a math activity

Fraction Game { with connect 4 } - Learning After School - No Time For Flash Cards

Staple five pieces of construction paper together and then slice them up to make a flip book...

Fractions in Action

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...

Building a better shapes book

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 ..."

Negative Numbers for Young Students

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

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...

Playing with Pattern Blocks | Unschooling Conversations

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?”

Seeing Improper Fractions

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.

Hanging Out The Wash { Math & Fine Motor Skills}

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…

Drinking Straws, Shoelaces and Fine Motor Skills | krokotak

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.

Giant Pattern Block Scenes - Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting

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...

Game: Hundred Chart Nim

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...

Talking Math with Your Kids

"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)!"

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

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

Playing with Cuisenaire Rods | Unschooling Conversations

"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