One of my favorite things about homeschooling is the ability to have fun while learning important concepts. As a child, math was my least favorite subject. To say I hated it would be an understatement, so when I decided to homeschool, I resolved to change my attitude about math and do my best to make it fun for Micah, so hopefully he would not have the same aversion to it as I.
This week we have been working on place value up to hundreds. We are eclectic homeschoolers and are currently using Khan Academy for our math lessons. After watching a very short, succinct video, I wasn't sure exactly how to reinforce this newly learned concept, other than worksheets, which Micah abhors, so I created this fun game to get in some practice while having fun. I call it "sneaky learning". (not the game, the process in which the kids are gaining important knowledge without having to "learn" it)
I made two different game boards, one for tens and ones and one that goes up to the hundred's place. I also made a sheet of numbers to cut out. You could also just make random numbers up off the top of your head, but I find the act of drawing from a bowl is engaging for the kids and makes it more like a game.
Set up requires only to print the game board(s) and the numbers. Cut the numbers apart and fold and place into a bowl for your child to pick. Don't let them see the number, that would kinda defeat the purpose. (alternately, you could just call the numbers from the sheet)
To play the game, you simply call a number and ask the child to write the numbers in their correct place on the game board. Super easy and straight forward. If your child is not a proficient writer yet, you could always use the magnetic numbers as pictured above. I found this particular set in the dollar spot at Target, but you can find them most places.
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