Since my Four is just starting to get a handle on simple addition, I put stickers over the dots on two dice. Then I labeled them with 0,1,1,2,2 and 3. (What I really need is something like this blank die. Then I can program it however I want. That’s on my shopping list!)
I printed and laminated the game board (using this awesome home laminator –love it!). Then I placed it on a baking sheet, and we each chose a color of power magnets for our playing pieces. You can play this game with any kind of marker. But I’ve found that my kids really love the magnets. They were a great purchase — we use them in so many ways!
Choosing just the numbers 0-3 for the dice was a great choice. The game was slightly challenging, but not hard. Having just nine kites on the board kept it quick and simple for my preschooler. We played it two more times.
Tip: When your child gives an incorrect answer, ask how he found it. Here’s the conversation we had when my Four said that 2 +3 = 6.
“How did you get that answer?”
“I did it in my head.”
“So what did you do?”
“I just did it in my head.”
“Tell me how you figured it out.”
“2…3,4 — 5!”
“There you go!”
Here’s the preschool version of the game. I’m calling it Level One.
After a few rounds of the game, my Four was catching on quickly. So later I made a more difficult version of the game — this one uses dice numbered 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, and 4.
And when I saw how eager my Six looked as I was playing with her younger brother, I thought it would be good to create a Level Three version: this one uses two standard playing dice.
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