Showing posts with label Counting. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Counting. Show all posts

Friday, November 28, 2014

Addition Word Work - Reading and Math Combined Activity

I love activities that do double the work without your child even knowing it. So how about reading and math at the same time - I know right, that is a mind blower!

This activity is fun and makes your little one concentrate. It uses skills such as sounding the words, addition, brain-strengthening and more.

I put it together the other day to use during the up and coming holidays -for those "I'm Bored" moments. I have made three difficulty levels - Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3.

What you have to do is write each of your spelling words on a sheet of paper. Find each of the letters in the word, add up the numbers and write down the sum for each word.

Example: For the word Bag, you would add: 3+ 1+ 13 , Which would give you the sum of: 17


Addition Word Work - Grade 1




Addition Word Work - Grade 2




Addition Word Work - Grade 3



Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Colourful Caterpillar - A 5 in 1 board game to practice shapes, colours, numbers.



A 5-in-1 activity. With lots of games to play you can practice shapes, colours, numbers, lower case alphabet letters as well as a board game.


This activity includes:
  • 1x A3, Caterpillar Mat
  • 1x set of lowercase alphabet letters
  • 1x set of numbers 1 to 10
  • 1x set of shapes (10 shapes)
  • 1x set of flower circles (1 to 10)
  • 1x die
  • 1x Directions for play
Grade: Pre-School, Grade R

The Colourful Caterpillar - Directly download here.

The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.

How to Play with the Colorful Caterpillar.

Place the Caterpillar mat on a table. Don’t forget to give your caterpillar a name. You have a choice between a number of different games:

Using the Shapes.
Use a white board marker to write in the circles of the caterpillar, either draw a shape and let your child match the shape, the word of a shape: e.g.: triangle, or the amount of sides a shape has: for example a square has four sides, so you would write the number four into the circle, your child must then find a shape with four sides.

Using the Numbers.
You can either write the number word out in the circles, your child must then find the correct number, or use the marker and draw dots inside the circle, your child must then count the dots and find the correct number circle.

Using the flowers.
Write the number into the circles, your child must then find the matching circle by counting the flowers.

Using the alphabet.
Choose ten letters of the alphabet; write these in the caterpillar circles. Let your child find the matching alphabet.

Using the Die.
Cut out, fold and glue the die together. With a white board marker write what you will be practising into the circle of the caterpillar, for example, if you would like to practice the uppercase alphabet, you will write 10 letters into the circles. You can use the flower circles as game pieces for the game. Now take turns rolling the die and moving forward, following the die instructions, who ever finishes first is the winner.

Tip: To keep any of these games interesting try using a point system or a timer system. Mix things up by using shapes, numbers and letters. Laminate the mat so you can use it over again. To give the caterpillar mat a good clean, give it a wipe with a tissue and a dab of rubbing alcohol/surgical spirits.

Bingo Cards – Colours and Shapes



BINGO is an all time favourite game to play! Our Bingo games are educational and fun and just the right size for your pre-schooler. With a 4x4 grid and colourful, thematic pictures to reinforce shape and colour recognition.


This activity includes:
  • 2x Bingo Colour Cards
  • 2x Bingo Shape Cards
  • A Calling Card
  • Directions for play
Pages: 4
Grade: Pre-School, Grade R
The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.

What you will need:
Markers: Markers are used to cover the called out shape or colour. You may use anything you wish, for example, coins, jelly beans, pebbles, army men.

How to Play:
Cut the Bingo cards on the dotted line. The parent must keep the calling card. Hand out a bingo card to your child. The caller must then call out randomly, your child must then find the correct one and mark it/cover it. To win the game, your child must fill a whole line with markers, once they see a full line they must shout out bingo. It is a lot of fun if the parent plays too. Before you start the game explain what type of line your child must make. The line can be predetermined, horizontal, vertical or diagonal.

Monday, July 28, 2014

AppleTree Play Dough Maths - Basic maths skills



This is a fun activity for encouraging early and basic maths skills using Apple Scented Play Dough and a set of die. Using this math activity will help your child in areas of counting, subitising, numbers and basic addition and subtraction sums.


This activity includes:
  • 1x Apple Tree mat, A4
  • Directions for play
  • 4x early learning math games
  • Apple Play Dough Recipe
Grade: Pre-school, Grade R, Grade 1



Apple Tree Play Dough Maths - Basic Math Skills: Directly Download by clicking here.

The File is a Compressed Zip File, like winzip and winrar.
Be sure that you have an application to open this file type before downloading.
If you need a program to unzip files you can download Winrar here.
There are a number of ways these materials can be adapted for different age groups and abilities in areas of counting, subitising, numbers and basic addition and subtraction sums.
What is subitising?
Subitising refers to immediately knowing how many items lie within a visual scene for a small number of items. It is to have a rapid and confident judgement to know at a glance and without counting to identify the number of items in a group. For example, when a dice is thrown the ob-server at a glance, immediately and accurately knows how many dots lie on the face of the dice without counting.

You will need:
  • Apple scented play dough – Directions on how to make it are given to you.
  • The apple Tree mat
  • A set of Die


How to play.
The apple scented play dough is used to create play dough apples which are placed on the tree depending on the maths activity that is being done.
The Apple Tree Play Dough Maths can be used in a number of ways:

1. Subitising – rolling one or two dice and creating that number with play dough apples on the tree. Move the play dough apples around the tree to find different ways of presenting this number.
2. Counting – rolling one or two dice and counting the number thrown, then re-creating this number again but this time as apples on the play dough tree mat. Children will count and re-count to make sure they have the correct number of apples as thrown on the dice.
3. Addition – this can be done on one or two play dough tree mats. Throw one dice and create this number of play dough apples on the tree. Then roll the dice again and ‘add’ how many more apples to the tree. How many apples are in the tree?
4. Subtraction – This is done a little different to the addition as it only uses 1 dice. Place 6 play dough apples on the tree and then throw one dice. Remove the number of play dough apples from the tree that is shown on the dice. How many play dough apples are left on the tree? For older children this can be done starting with 12 play dough apples on the tree and then subtracting the amounts shown on the two dice.