Lydia has been struggling with number recognition. She knows basic addition, but only verbally. If we have to write numbers, she gets stuck and frustrated. So I had decided to take a step back from Math U See the next week or so and really focus on recognition with her (and Caty..why not??). I decided to pull out old tricks like numbered Dot-to-Dots and then the Twister idea hit me like a brick. Why not put the numbers on the circles and then roll the educubes to make it a game.
Then I hit my first road block, well really it was the only road block. How to get the numbers to last without need to print a new set each time. I am low on laminate sheets and the pockets I was pricing at Staples was above our budget this week. So I was brainstorming ideas and while outback watching the kids swim, remembered my mom has tons of office supplies in their house. So went asking what she may have to "donate" to our gameboard. Sure enough she had some of the pockets!!! The ones in the link above. They work out very well on the board.
The pockets stick right on the board and you can easily change out the items. If you subscribe to Mama Jenn's Education Cube Site, you can print games for all subjects from Math through Social Studies. I am planning on printing cards for the boys to practice their math tables, geography and even science units. The possibilities are endless!!
Our finished board with number from 11 - 34.
Lydia playing the game. We roll each color and she finds the number. I tell her whether to use her foot or hand. Right now I just see how the least twisted she will end up so she doesn't fall and then get frustrated. We will continue to add more challenge!
What you need to complete the project:
1 Twister game
1 set of Education Cube (or peek blocks)
Inserts from Education Cubes
Some Smead self-stick pockets
She liked this...and I appreciate Grandpa and Grandma giving us the pockets for our game. They should get lots of use!!! My mind is full of ideas how to use this new found system!
Thanks for Mama Jenn for the Education Cubes site!!! You can buy your own blocks from here and here.
**Now for my disclosure....I purchased all the materials and subscriptions that I used in helping to make our new game. I am not receiving compensation.