Friday, March 5, 2010

Board games to reinforce beginner maths

We are using the Math-U-See Primer, for Rylan's kindergarten math curriculum. It has been going pretty well so far. We have just worked through an introduction to addition. This programme works with manipulatives, so it is very hands on - first he builds the equation with blocks, then says it, then writes it, then colours it in. All the steps are enjoyable and reinforce learning well. Today we just did one page in the workbook, and then the rest of our math time was playing board games that focus on addition (and some subtraction too).

The first game we played was Bus Stop which is great for those learning about adding and subtracting. You can learn more about it here. I also love that the passengers are a multi-cultural, multi-racial group!
We followed this with a game of Spotty Dog, which is made by the same company (it is an English company, and I could not find a US based link for the game to share with you, I happened to buy mine while we were living in Israel). This game is simple enough to make yourself, though. You have a spinner that goes from 1-6 and cards with images of dogs that have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 spots and if you flip over the card there is a doggy basket with either 0, 1, 2, or 3 bones in it. You spin, find a dog with the corresponding number of spots, flip it over to see how many bones you got. You keep going until all cards have been taken, and then add up all the bones to see who got the most. Simple, but a fun way to practice addition.
{For readers in Israel - there is a store on the second floor of Castra Mall in Haifa called Tinoki and they stock a selection of educational board games from this company.}
Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


  1. Sounds interesting. Liked the pics too.

  2. Thanks for the tip on where to find the game in Israel (although Haifa is a "bit" far for us, we live in Ashdod, if you know Israel). I am like forever looking for good board games for Maya, but I wasn't very lucky so far. Maybe you know some on-line resources to buy, not very expensive, though.
    Thank you,

  3. Hi Ramona,
    The only online resource I know of that would ship to Israel is And I know from living 7 years in Israel, that both amazon usa and amazon uk will deliver to Israel. But Israel does have custom charges for packages coming in from abroad, so you will have to be aware of that too.

    A lot of board games are not too much work to make yourself, so there is always that option!

    At Toys'R'Us in Israel they do have a great selection of Israeli educational board games. I remember they frequently had them on special too, like buy one, get the second one 1/2 off. We have many of those games and use them often.

    Good luck! I hope you find some you like!

  4. Thanks for your kind comments about my framed felt board on the Craft for Sanity blog. It's a coincedence that you liked that project because I actually got that idea from the What Your Kindergartner Needs to Know book that's on your side bar. That book says that patterning is a good start into math, so I thought a felt bord would be a fun way to do patterns. My kids are still young (oldest is 3) but when they're old enough, I'll probablly redo the felt board using one of those long, wide picture frames.I think that'll work better for patterning.
    Thanks again,



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