Pokemon Math – Learning After School

pokemon educational activity The stomach flu hit our house hard last week and my son who is in first grade was home for a few days. Last time he was sick he did our Sick Day Printables but this time he asked me to make him something with his Pokemon Cards.  Are your kids into Pokemon? I could not tell you that I know much about how to play the actual Pokemon card game but I do know my son adores it and tapping into their interests is a sure fire way to get them into whatever learning goals you have for them.  We have been working on addition and subtraction so why not turn that into Pokemon math?! This post is part of our Learning After School series which is a series of short but fun activities for school age kids.

Gather your materials. You will need some Pokemon Cards ( you could use regular cards too) , painter’s tape ( I swear I use this more than any material), paper, and a pencil.use pokemon cards for math

Using painter’s tape secure the cards onto the paper. I did four rows of two cards on each page and made three pages.pokemon math for kids

Turn the pairs into either addition or subtraction. DIY Pokemon math sheetsYour child will be using the numbers in the upper right corner which according to my son is the Pokemon’s health number.pokemon math activity for kids

Do the math!pokemon math activity for kids

He told me it was too easy so then I had him write out the answer underneath the number. pokemon math sheet activity for kidsThrowing in a little spelling too.pokemon math learning for kids

Short little bursts of learning like this centered around your child’s latest obsession really adds up to a lot of learning without a lot of stress. School age kids are busy and I don’t do these activities with my son every day. Homework is his priority but when we have a down day I will throw together something like this to remind him how fun learning can be in or out of school.

 

Pokemon Book My Son Can’t Put Down

( seriously it goes everywhere with him)

pokemon book for kids

Tapping into your child’s interest is especially important with reading for fun. This is my son’s absolute favorite Pokemon book! The title link is an affiliate link.

pokemon essential handbook

 

 

Pokemon: Essential Handbook by Chris Silvestri

There are a lot of Pokemon books on the market but this one gets the biggest possible thumbs up from my seven year old son. We had to replace his first copy because he read it so much it fell apart. This book is an encyclopedia of all the Pokemon characters. Each description includes a little blurb about the Pokemon and some stats. We have had a blast reading this book together. He memorizes everything about the Pokemon, looks to see which ones are about his height, about his weight and of course asks me to quiz him on all of the above. I can not tell you how much he loves this book. It goes everywhere with him and when he says ” Where is my book?” we know which book he is speaking of. If your child is into Pokemon they will love it.

 

How do you use your children’s current obsessions for learning?

Color By Number Easter Eggs

easter egg game for kids Math and art work well together with this simple game made for decorating Easter eggs. For kids who love art it’s a fun way to mix some math into something they like and for little math whizzes it gets them into a little art too! You could use real hard boiled and cooled eggs but we used craft ones from Walmart so our finished eggs could be brought out every Easter.

Gather your materials. You will need some craft eggs, permanent markers, some masking tape, and some dice.easter egg math game supplies

Start by adding numbers to your markers. I couldn’t find our masking tape so I used paper and taped papers with numbers on ( masking tape would be way faster) making sure that you use numbers that will be rolled.easter egg math game for kids

Time to play!

easter egg math game for easterRoll and count.easter egg math game for kids drawing

Color using the marker with the number you rolled. I let my daughter color as much as she wanted with each color but you could set a timer to keep things moving if need be.

Roll, count and color  again. easter egg math game for preschoolUsing dice doesn’t only work on counting as children get familiar with them they will start subitizing which is the ability to know an amount without counting. My daughter did it with the dice much to my surprise. She knew the individual amounts but then counted the dots to find out the sum. Older children could take it a step further simply adding the two amounts instead of counting all the dots. You could also use other operations like subtraction or multiplication for more able kids.easter egg math game for little kids

She adored this and completely covered her first egg then continued to play and play making even more.

Outdoor Number Line Activity

outdoor active math game

It’s spring and it’s time to get outside and learn! This sidewalk chalk number line activity is great because it uses almost no materials and you can use it however your child needs to. My son used the line as a place to show his answers but didn’t use it as a manipulative itself, and my daughter used it to count by 5 with help. Your child may like the line as a guide to figure out the equations or as a way to show their answers to mental math like my son. Use it for whatever math goal you are working on.

Gather your materials. You will need a sidewalk or road, sidewalk chalk, some pebbles to use as place markers and a young mathematician or two.number line outdoor activity

Start by drawing a number line on the ground. Ours went from 0-50 by 5’s and I used one big step to measure between the numbers. Ours did not have marks to mark each number on the line but if you want to you can do this. I had my son estimate where those numbers would be when he needed to. My line is a little wobbly but it didn’t bother either one of my kids or change the outcome. Don’t stress about little things like this. number line outdoor math

I wrote out equations that my son has been working on doing mentally. This is our way of drilling without drilling. number line numbersIt’s fun and active and even if you are working on drills you can add an active element. Then switch gears to using the number line as a tool to help figure out the equations. number line math for kindergarten and first grade

Call out the equation and have them place a pebble on the answer.number line math activity for kids

Keep going. number line math activity for childrenThis was a big hit with my son and I went through all the equations and added more on the fly.math activity for kids with a number line

For younger players have them simply find the number and step on it. For my daughter after she walked the line and counted by 5s  I called out the numbers on either end of the line so she was bopping from one end to the other and learning as she went.number line fun for preschool

Although it often rains around here we aren’t expecting rain for a few days so we grabbed the hose and sprayed down our line when we were done.side walk chalk activity number line

 

Want more active learning ideas for kids? Check out these 21 fun ideas!

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Place Value Robot – Math Activity

place value math activityOne of my great pleasures is to volunteer at my son’s school. I have been lucky enough to be a math docent this year and one of the activities I have been doing with the children is to create words and structures with base ten blocks then break them down to find out the value. This is a great hands on way to work with the concept. At home though I have no base ten blocks and between the expense and the shortage of storage space I didn’t want to buy them. Here are some base ten blocks if you do ( yes it’s an affiliate link) but really you don’t have to because I have included free printables! I decided to create my own so that I didn’t have to buy a set just for one or two activities. If I was a full time homeschooling parent I would probably invest in some but since this activity is one of our Learning After School activities for school age kids I am using these PRINTABLES <— print via this link.

This activity is designed for 1st and 2nd grade children. For younger children I would stick to 2 place values and using only a few ( less than 10 of each) blocks without regrouping until the basic understanding of place values is mastered.

Gather your materials. You will need the place value base ten printables or if you have the blocks you will need some one unit, ten unit and hundred unit blocks. You will also need some glue, scissors , and a sheet of construction paper.place value robot supplies

Start by cutting the place value printables out place value robot ready to create( I printed them out as 2 5×7 pictures on one sheet) and getting them ready to create. The goal of this activity is to create a robot and then count up how many ones, tens, and hundreds were used to create it. After that step you will figure out the total number of blocks used using re-grouping if need be. That will be the total value of the robot.

Here is an example:

Let’s say I used  : 2 hundred blocks , 11 ten blocks ,  14 one blocks.  Using the worksheet I will fill it out starting at the ones. I will keep 4 and regroup 10 over to the tens column where that 11 will turn into a 12. So at this stage I have 2 hundreds, 12 tens and 4 ones.  Next I need to regroup the tens because I can’t have 12 tens. I will keep 2 and move 10 of those tens over to the hundreds column. So I will have  3 hundreds, 2 tens and 4 ones.   Next I condense the  expanded form into 324 for the total value of units used to create the robot.

If this is new to you practice a few times before presenting this to your child. Most of us haven’t done math like this in a long long time so be kind to yourself while you get reacquainted with it.place value robot making

Welcome your child and start creating.place value art project for math

Next count up your blocks. Encourage your child to count them as blocks saying 1, 2, 3, for all the place values not just the ones. My son was counting the tens by ten and while technically correct in amount that skips the steps needed for this activity. The whole point of this activity is to understand what numbers in each place mean. When you count like that you may end up with the correct number at the end but you won’t get a full understanding of place value.place value activity for first grade

Write  out the amounts of each type of block in our worksheet printable place value robot regrouping

Now regroup if need be.  When regrouping if you notice difficulty get the blocks out and physically show your child what you are regrouping. You may want to print out multiple sheets so you have extras!  If you are moving 10 ones into the ten column show your child tens ones make up a ten rod and then become 1 ten in that column. Seeing the blocks can help kids avoid mistakes like adding 10 into the next column when she should be adding 1 ( dropping the 0 because of the move from one place value to the next).  This is a common mistake but using the blocks helps with understanding.

Write out the final value.place value regrouping with base ten blocks

In groups having kids compete for the largest value is a wonderful motivation. If you have the blocks working together to make huge structures is a ton of fun as well. If you are frugal like me here is the link to the printables one last time.

 

Valentine’s Day Math Activity

FREE valentines day printable I wasn’t sure what to title this activity because it’s a math game that results in and Valentine’s Day craft. You play the game then you can pass the finished heart on to someone you love. This is perfect for Valentine’s Day parties because the kids are engaged and learning but there is still something cute to take home. You can make your own game board or print out ours for free here.

Gather your materials. You will need the heart game boards, some dice, heart stickers, and scissors. math game for valentines day

The rules of the game are simple. You roll the dice and add the two numbers together. If you have that number on your heart you cover it with a sticker. If you are having a hard time getting the higher numbers add a third die if time is short. Similarly if you are having a tough time getting smaller numbers simply use one die. valentine's day math game printable

My daughter was so into this game. Simple addition like this is really starting to stick with her and she was eager to show off her counting skills. math game FREE printable

My son thought it was for babies. He is great at math and it was too easy. I thought he’d still want to play but I missed the mark on this one for him. Instead of forcing him to play after a long day at school I told him to cover all the numbers and cut it out. So he did. In our house you have to do your homework but activities like this aren’t a must. FREE math game printable

While he was cutting my littlest math whiz was rolling away solo and loving it. MATH printable for valentines dayI did have to remove one die to finally roll that number two. But she did it! All the numbers were covered . math game for kindergarten valentines day

After she was done I cut the heart out for her and they are on our fridge ( you can see them in this post from last week ). math game for vday

What do you have planned for Valentine’s Day? I think we are going to have heart shaped tortilla pizzas and watch a movie together.