I am SO excited to share today’s post with you! I’ve partnered with education.com to bring you an educational activity prepared exclusively for His Girl Friday readers! Education.com is a fantastic online resource for parents and educators. They work with teachers to create thousands of educational activities, lessons and resources in reading, writing and math.
I’m so thrilled to have discovered this new resource. As a homeschooling momma, it’s nice to have a place to go for inspiration and help. But regardless of your child’s schooling situation, this is a site that offers plenty of resources to help boost their learning.
Today, we are bringing you an easy and FUN activity you can do with your kids that’s focused on math for first graders. Theo and I had a great time creating and playing this game. I loved the simplicity of the activity and that it combined art and math in such a fun way. Theo loved creating his own game board and thoroughly enjoyed playing the game. In fact, mid way through our activity, he told me, “This is a good game, mom!” So don’t just take my word for it – this is an authentic six year old approved activity. 😉 Enjoy! (And don’t forget to take a look at education.com’s site for other great educational resources!)
Around the House
Watch your child’s addition skills improve quick as lightning as he plays this competitive addition learning game with friends. Players begin by drawing different places in their home. Then, they’ll assign each location a number from 2 to 12. They take turns rolling the dice, adding the sum and advancing through each place on their map. The player who moves around the house first wins!
What You Need:
- Pair of dice
- White paper for game board, one piece per player
- Black marker
- 1 game piece per player (beans, coins, foam shape, etc.)
What You Do:
- Encourage players to come up with a list of their favorite locations around their homes. Let them pick whatever places they want.
- Have the players draw the locations in a large oval shape on their piece of paper, then connect the locations with lines to create the game board (see picture). Make sure to feature a house as one of the drawings; this will be the starting point.
- Ask the players to number each location on the map from 2 to 12, writing the number next to the drawing. The numbers don’t have to be in numerical order.
- Have everyone begin by placing their game pieces on the house.
- Start moving around the house by having the first player roll the dice.
- Have him add the two numbers he rolled to find the sum.
- If the sum a player rolls is the same as the number of the next location, he can move his game piece to the next area. If he rolls a different sum, he must remain where he is.
- Whoever goes all the way around the house (game board) first wins!
Helpful Tip: For older players, use multiplication. The highest number you use should be 36.
A big thanks to education.com for providing a His Girl Friday activity exclusive!