Fun? Math? Really?
Let's say more fun than usual. In these dark snowy days of late winter (good heavens has it been cold here) it's fun to just change the routine and take the subject that generates the least enthusiasm and change it up.
On occasional Fridays we take a break from the math books and play some games to review, work on skills and generally break up the blahs.
One of the favorites here is Multiplication Bingo
This is a cute game for reviewing those pesky times tables, especially the twelves which seem to be the least retained here. It's your basic bingo game and it's a quick play so we can usually get three or four games in before the ennui sets in.
Another fun one is Head Full of Numbers. The targeted age group for this game is 7-10 but it can easily be modified for younger kids.
Kids roll six die and use the numbers to create their own math equations. There is a timer and pads for recording their equations. The dice shaker is a great part of the appeal here.
Fish Stix is another cute game. This one is made by Peaceable Kingdom which is a great game company. Every game I've ever purchased from them has been high quality and fun. This is a matching game that is targeted toward the 5 and up range but I think you would need a five year old with a good attention span because it does take about a half hour to play. They younger ones can team up with an older one to help them out.
It's a visual strategy game with lots of matching and counting. All good skills to build. The older kids enjoy this as much as the youngers and I must confess to liking it as well.
These games coupled with some dice to roll and count, dominoes to match and Unifix Cubes can clear out the cobwebs and refresh your students to tackle their math books with a little more enthusiasm than before. Consider taking an hour once in a while to indulge in some great games to build skills, have fun and make memories. The freedom to make these choices is one of the best parts of homeschooling.
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