One thing that I have learned with sons is that if you want them on board with an activity, just add in throwing, running, shooting, or knocking something down, and they’ll be right there with you!
This morning, we invented a great math game involving running – it was a big hit!
First, I had Gresham get out our bucket of math linking cubes and put it at one end of the house. Then, I set up a chair for myself on the other end of the house.
To play the game, I showed Gresham an index card with a number or simple addition problem on it. He had to run to the bucket of linking cubes and build a tower with the correct number of cubes, then run back to me with his answer.
One unexpected benefit of this game was that Gresham tried to re-use towers that he had already made – for example, his card said “12” and he already had a tower with 7. He really had to think to come up with a way to figure out how many more he needed to add! It was a good project for him.
Math is done, and we fit in a little active play at the same time!
Erika Dawson Aug 16, 2011
Love this idea! Running and movement adds so much fun!
Beth Aug 17, 2011
Thanks for posting all these ideas! I love this idea! I get your email updates and I love reading these. I have 3 yr old twin boys who are VERY active. They have an older sister who was NOT active! So I have had to over haul our routine!
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