Do you know what subitizing is? A lot of people do not even though we all do it. When I was studying how to teach elementary math, I never learned about subitizing either because it wasn’t something that we focused on but we do now. The easiest way to describe what subitizing is to think of it as the numerical equivalent of sight words. It is the ability to recognize total amounts without counting. Tally marks, dice, even fingers are great ways to practice the skill. This Lego math game is great for beginners because it only works subitizing numbers from 1-6. My daughter is our littlest math whiz and loves all things numbers, so she was game and dove right in. We played a bunch of times since the game itself can go pretty quickly! Check out the tutorial below for ways to adapt this game for older children as well.
Invite your game player and explain the rules – roll an amount, subitize, and find the matching number.
If you roll an amount that you already have skip it, and you don’t grab a brick.
I won the first game, and she was not happy. When my kids get upset about me beating them, I calmly tell them they can have another chance at beating me if they want to play again. It doesn’t always work, but it works more than it doesn’t. Children get excited and losing is disappointing just getting mad at them for being disappointed won’t help. Acknowledge the disappointment and offer some help or ask them how they can get the result they want, practice, play again, take a breather and come back and try again.