Math is my nemesis. It always has been. I don’t think I got above a C in math from 6th grade on. I hated it, it hated me! That is one reason that I want to get a head start with my daughter. Not necessarily a head start on math itself, she will learn it as she goes. But, a head start on making math FUN. A head start on trying to steer my daughter in the direction that says “Math Isn’t Horrible”. My thought is maybe if she enjoys simple math, when it gets harder she won’t hate it like I did.
This Monster Math activity is not only super simple but my daughter had a great time. It had such an impression on her, the first time she played, she asked for it over and over the last couple of days. That makes me happy on so many levels!
Materials Needed: Monster Math Activity:
How To Make: Monster Math Activity
I cut out a fun shaped monster, gave it a mouth and some eyes. This made the monster a little more fun. Googly eyes are something that my daughter is obsessed with, so it was a no brainer to add them to our monster! Maybe I should start adding googly eyes to her fruits and vegetables and maybe she’d eat them. Ha.
I cut a hole for the number strip. On the back of the monster, above and below the hole, I glued strips. I left the middle space unglued so that the number strip could slide up and down with ease.
On the number strip I wrote numbers 1-12. The highest and lowest options, using simple addition with two traditional dice.
On the front of the monster I drew two squares for the dice and a + and = symbol.
How To Use: Monster Math Activity
1. Roll each dice. (Let’s say I rolled a 4 and 5)
2. Place dice in squares. 4 in first square, 5 in second.
3. We speak outloud: 4 + 5 = ?
4. She would figure come up with the correct answer and then move the number slide until she reached that number, in this case 9.
5. Then we would start over.
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I have teamed up with some fantastic bloggers to share our favorite activities using DICE. For inspiration check the other posts out here:
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10-Sided Dice Multiplication Game from Line upon Line Learning
Alphabet Dice Letter Formation Activity from Sugar Aunts
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Block Stacking Dice Game from Kidz Activities
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