It’s the middle of winter, 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 some math at the same time. I have a long list of active math (and reading) games that help us survive the long Chicago winter.
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 on contact paper.
This game is fun for multiple ages. My kids who are 7, 5, and 3 can play this game all day.
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What you need
Construction paper, glue, and a ruler (if you are making a color circle) or color printer to print one off the internet
There are three preliminary steps to get ready.
1. Make a circle with six colors or print one off the internet.
To make one like ours find a salad plate.
I used a salad plate to draw a circle on a piece of construction paper.
I divided the circle into six parts. (It was not easy because all my kids had a different idea about how we should do it). And then we covered each part with a triangle of different shade and glued it on.
2. Sorting the Pony Beads
It’s optional. Might be a lot of fun on some days. The beads don’t have to be sorted to play the game, but my kids love doing it. What is more, sorting is an important beginning math skill too.
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
- Roll the die onto the Color Wheel
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).
4. Stick beads to contact paper.
There are lots of really good math games that allow kids to burn some energy. 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.