We live on an island and while we don’t get to walk on sandy beaches ( ours are more like barnacle beaches ) we do have lots of shells and the summer is often filled with discovering them along the shore. This math game taps into that experience while also working on memory and number recognition. Using math games to teach is a great way for parents to connect to what kids are learning and become participants not just observers. This math game was a snap to put together with shells from the craft store. I caution you to check all the shells in a package for sharp edges before letting your kids play with them, some of ours were broken and really sharp.
- Gather your materials. You will need some shells, a sharpie, a tray or something else that will keep the shells contained. I used a sheet of paper towel to keep the shells from sliding on the tray too.
- Write a pair of number names along with the numeral on shells. We did 1- 10 but you can do any combination of numbers using only the numeral or number written out.
- Let the marker dry for a few minutes before playing.
- Arranged the shells face down in random order.
- Play. One player flips a shell and leaves it face up, then flips another. If they match they leave them face up and the other player goes. If they do not match both shells are flipped back over and you start from scratch. You can also play one player like this. With discovery based math games like this you will probably notice that your child will naturally identify the numbers without prompting. If they don’t feel free to say “What did you find?” If they know number they will identify it if they don’t they will probably hold it out and say “This.” That’s when you step in and say ” Look you found 4 !” or something else easy breezy that still gives them the facts without making it feel like you are telling them something they should already know.
After we played a few rounds my daughter discovered that if she shook the tray gently that they shells made a really pretty tinkling sound.
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This is really cute. I’m pinning so I don’t forget when we do our next beach themed unit. 🙂
What a clever idea! Love it! 🙂
Maricarmen GarcÃa says
Excellent activity for summer! Thanks again
Leesa Johnson says
Nice activity for kids through which a child can learn. Children love to play and it is a good idea to make them learn by playing. Even I myself still love to play this kind of maths games. This blog can help tutors too. They can also implement this idea of learning by playing.
This is a great idea!
Nice blog !..
Thanks for sharing these games. I will be starting multiplication with my class shortly so Iâ€™m sure my students will enjoy these fun ways for practising multiplication.
Mayank Kumar says
It is really an innovative and new idea (with my frame of reference) to boost a kid’s memory. Great, keep sharing the awesome content.
Do you have any games that might help prepare children for the 11 plus exams? In particular are there any resources you can think of for verbal and non-verbal reasoning?
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