Busma Butt is sharing a simple and super fun way to practice addition with her son, J, and his K2 friends, while having a playdate.
You will need:
Some toy blocks
A ping pong ball (or any small ball)
Some paper to label the numbers
A whiteboard / paper to record the result
How to set up: Use the toy blocks to build five “tunnels” and label them with numbers 1-5. Build two “barriers” to trap the ball from escaping.
How to play: Each child is given a ping pong ball and they can blow (or push) the ball into the tunnel two times. Note the numbers on the white board, and ask them to add the scores together.
The kids absolutely love this game. They love to blow the ball into the tunnels, and they are so eager to calculate their scores to see who wins at the end.
It is a great game to play with friends or families during a play date, gathering, or birthday party.
Label the tunnels with bigger numbers for a more advanced Maths game
For preschoolers, set up the same game with the same numbers 1-5 (or 6-10), but instead of playing the addition game, they can just call out the number to practice number recognition.
Learning is fun and inexpensive.
Busma Butt offers advice on having fun with kids around Hong Kong. https://happymindswithbusma.wordpress.com