Active Math: Roll, Count, Run and Stick

Active Math: Roll, Count, Run and Stick

Active Math: Roll, Count, Run and Stick.   Burn some energy without leaving the house with this fun game.  Your kids will have so much fun sorting and counting they will be asking for it every day.

It’s the time of the year when we are looking for ways to burn energy without leaving the house.  This active math game allows us to be active, while learning something at the same time.  I actually have a long list of active math (and reading) games, which I hope to post soon.  Today I want to share Roll, Count, Run and Stick.M

The name of this game was born when my 7-year old summed up the steps involved in the game.  Players take turn rolling a die on a rainbow circle, count out the rolled number of beads in the corresponding color, then run across the room (or to another room) and stick the beads to the contact paper taped to the floor.  The game ends when players are happy with the design they created with the beads on contact paper. 

This game is fun for multiple ages.  My kids who are 7, 5, and 3 can play this game all day.


What you need

Pony Beads in 6 colors

Contact paper

Construction paper, glue, and ruler (if you are making a color circle) or color printer to print ours



What you need with logo

Before you can Play

There are three preliminary steps to get ready.


1. Create a color circle.  

Or print ours here.  

If you want to make your own follow the instructions. 


Active math: Roll, Count, Run and Stick.  Active math games allow us to burn energy and learn something at the same time.

We used a salad plate to draw a circle on a piece of construction paper. 


Active Math: Roll, Count, Run and Stick.  Burn energy and learn something at the same time.


We divided the circle into six parts.  (It was not easy because everybody had their own idea about how to go about it).   And then we covered each part with a triangle of different shade and glued it on.


Active Math: Roll, Count, Run and Stick


2.  Sorting the Pony Beads

It’s optional.  The beads don’t have to be sorted to play the game, but my kids derive an immense pleasure in this activity.  What is more, sorting is an important beginning math skill too.

Active Math: Roll, Count, Run and Stick

3.  Attach contact paper

Just tape it to the floor with the sticky part up.


You are ready to play! 


Active Math: Roll, Count, Run and Stick

  1. Roll the die onto the Color Wheel


Active Math: Roll, Count, Run and Stick.
Five on Red means five red beads

2. Count the number of dots and find the same number of beads in the corresponding color.  My 7-year old is helping his brother to count five red beads on the photo above.

3. Run to your destination (that is wherever you placed the contact paper).


Active Math: Roll, Count, Run and Stick
It’s hard to take a good photo of a running kid!

4. Stick beads to contact paper.  


Active math: roll, count, run and stick
You can try and go for an elaborate design or just stick them every each way.

There are lots of really good math games that allow kids to be active.  I hope to share our favorite ones with you soon.  If you want to read about my philosophy of Early Math Education, please read it here.  If you are looking for some math with LEGOs check out Decomposing number 5 and Decomposing number 10.  Or try math activities based on Counting Books


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  20. I loved this idea. Math can be so fun…. even running involved 🙂 You come up with such great ideas. My kiddos would love this. When my first two were younger they sorted out beads in a muffin pan just like your kiddos. However, my daughter stuck a bead up into her noise. We ended up taking her to ER…Now if that happened I would have used tweezers and would have taken it out. That was the first memory that popped up in mind when I say this post. Life is full of adventure when you have kids. Ha ha… Thanks for sharing… we need to do something that burns energy and teaches math when it cold outside.

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