What’s another way to say the number 12? One dozen. That’s how many ways we’ve found to add some fun into your every day and teach the kiddos math concepts, too. From LEGO fractions to hopscotch, there’s more than one way to count it out. Read on for the ideas.
photo: Buggy and Buddy
1. Measurement Exploration Center
Get the littles learning about size and measurement thanks to this hands-on idea from Buggy and Buddy. They’ll love having they’re own station and tools for experimenting—you’ll love that everything’s contained in one area. Learn more here.
2. Division 1 Racing
Racers, on your mark! This division activity from Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational will go over big with Matchbox car fans. Score the instructions—and a free download of the race track—here.
photo: Guilt-Free Homeschooling
3. Hopscotch with a Math Twist
Who says math is all sitting still and staying in one place? Over at Guilt-Free Homeschooling, there’s an idea that has all the active fun of hopscotch, with a bit of addition and subtraction thrown in. Feel free to tailor the grid to your kiddo’s age and math level. Get more info here.
photo: Where Imagination Grows
4. Crown Jewels Math Game
Your pint-sized royalty will get a kick out of this activity from Where Imagination Grows. It’s a fairytale way to practice counting, simple addition or subtraction, and more. Learn more here.
photo: The Educators’ Spin On It
5. LEGO Garden Preschool Math
Those LEGO bricks your little one is obsessed with? They might as well get some milage as math helpers. We like how this activity from The Educators’ Spin On It is centered on what kids already like to do with LEGO: build things. Get the scoop here.
photo: Coffee Cups and Crayons
6. Build and Smash Numbers
We’re pretty sure this idea from Coffee Cups and Crayons is the very definition of hands-on learning. It’s a simple way to get kids counting or visualizing addition problems—and it involves tactile fun, too. Just add playdough! Get all the info (plus more math ideas) here.
photo: Teach With Laughter
7. Building Block Fun
Take your kids love of building LEGO towers and transfer it to this LEGO game from Teach With Laughter. The highest tower wins and everyone gets to practice counting and adding. Bonus: you can download the game board (for free!) thanks to Teach With Laughter.
photo: Creating Homemade Happiness
8. Muffin Tin Counting Tray
Let’s hear it for fun kid activities that use materials you have on hand. For your little muffins, this muffin tin counting tray is good for number recognition and easy on cleanup, too. Find out more here.
photo: Where Imagination Grows
9. Number Order Window Game
Sure, the littles are bound to be excited about writing on windows—but they’ll also get a kick out of number matching, counting, and making those mathematical connections. See more here.
photo: No Time for Flashcards
10. Shoot & Add Nerf Gun Math
Outdoor math using nerf guns and water play? We’re in! This idea from No Time for Flashcards is the perfect combo of kinesthetic activity and learning. Get all the info here.
photo: Inspiration Laboratories
11. Super Hero Math Game: Catch a Villain
With this game, your little super heroes get to bust nefarious bank robbers—and practicing number recognition, counting, and addition while they’re at it. Get the instructions here.
photo: JDaniel4’s Mom
12. LEGO Fraction Game
This fraction game from JDaniel4’s Mom is just further proof that LEGO bricks are the ultimate learning tool. It uses fraction prompts and different color LEGO, to get kids thinking about fractions—genius! Get the how-to here.
Which math game will you try out with the kids? Let us know in the comment section below!