Showing posts with label Early Basic Math Skills. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Early Basic Math Skills. 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

A Lady Bug board game to practice colours, numbers, first words and letters


Go Home Little Lady Bugs.



The lady bugs need to get back to their family. A beautiful A3 size game board. Use this game board to teach colours, first words, numbers, letters and more. Print this game board in A3 for better game play.  Laminate it so you may write with a white board marker and wipe it off.


This activity includes:
  • A3 Game board
  • Dice
  • Game pieces, colour blocks
  • Directions for playing
Pages: 3
Grade: Pre-School, Grade R

Go Home Little Lady Bugs - 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.

Cut the dice, lady bug game pieces and the square colours out. Use the game pieces to move across the board. With a white board marker, write the words, letters or numbers into the clouds. The Player rolls the die, and moves forward, which ever cloud the player lands on, and the player must then read what is written. Use the colour squares to learn colours, or use a mix of colours, numbers, words etc.

Rotten Apples - Practice letters, numbers, emotions, first words, vocabulary and basic math




This is a fun activity that will have your pre-schooler begging to play again. This activity can be adapted to play and practice a number of different things: emotions, letters, numbers, first words, sight words, vocabulary, math, comprehension questions, shapes and colours.


This activity includes:
  • 1x Big A3 apple tree mat
  • 22x apples
  • Directions for play
Grade: Pre-school, Grade R

Rotten Apples - 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.

Directions for playing Rotten Apples.
With a white board marker pen, write out your sight words/letters onto the back of the apples.
Place the tree on the floor. Place all the apples on the tree writing side facing down. Give your child a basket/container for collecting their apples. Let your child pick an apple off the tree. If your child can read/say what is written on the apple – the apple goes into their basket. If they cannot read the letter on the apple, the apple goes back on the tree.

If the child picks the rotten apple – the apple with the worm in it, all of their apples must be put back onto the tree. If your child turns over the Go Again apple he/she gets to pick 2 consecutive apples.

Note: After the Worm apple and the Go Again Apple have been picked, take these cards out of the game.

This game can be used to play a number of activities: letters, numbers, emotions, first words, vocabulary, math, comprehension questions. The possibilities are endless.


I would suggest laminating these pages, then cutting them out. You can also print the tree in A4, just scale the picture to size before printing.

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.