This new free download is a game to practice the use of cardinal numbers.
It uses shapes in different colors and sizes, and other manipulatives like lego’s and is suitable for the youngest group of Math learners.
Go to Free Activities and Downloads and print the Shapin’up game board, rule cards and shapes. Laminate or glue on card-stock and cut out the cards and shapes.
Before you start, let your child play with the shapes and manipulatives, ask him/her to tell you about them and to sort them according to color and shape.
The actual activity:
Tell your child that you are going to play a game with the shapes. The first contest is the biggest one wins.
Show your child a row with three triangles in order from large to small and announce the winner, second and third place.
Play the game with other shapes. Your child announces first, second, and third place.
Alternate with your child to choose a rule (smallest – largest, longest – shortest, most corners – least corners, highest – lowest) and to put together the row of three and announce places.
Make variations with small toys or manipulatives you have available.
Children learn by doing
Research in education tells us over and over that hands on activities have more impact than verbal or written explanations alone.
Inexpensive manipulatives and pictures are used as key elements to illustrate math concepts.
The connection with your child’s everyday life experience makes it all sink in. Safely anchored in his memory, the information can be retrieved and applied in future situations.
Download our free guidelines and templates for games, outright playful and more serious activities to develop the math centers in your child’s/childrens brain. Have fun!
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