This spring we’re doing a lot of ladybug math! I designed this printable addition game with my Five in mind.
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Printable Addition Game
The game board has the numbers 2-12, as these are the numbers you will get when you add two dice together. The most commonly rolled numbers are used the most, with 2 and 12 appearing only once each. We grabbed a pair of dice and some power magnets so that we could play on a baking sheet.
We took turns rolling the dice and adding the numbers together. Then we covered their sum. If that number had already been covered up, the turn was over.
My daughter can easily look at a die and tell the number it displays without counting the dots (this is called subitizing), but I noticed her counting each individual dot to get the sum. While this is appropriate for children who need to use that strategy, I know that she can do mental math.
I encouraged her to to look at the larger number of dots, name it, and then count up. She tried this a bit, but often went back to counting the dots. For that reason I would like to get a pair of numbered dice so that she’s really practicing addition facts instead of just counting. You could easily make your own numbered dice by buying two small wooden blocks at a craft store and writing on the sides. I’ll add that to my Michael’s shopping list. 🙂
When we finished the game, we’d covered the entire board except for the 2. We tried for a long time to get 1+1, but agreed to end early when it just wasn’t showing up!
My daughter enjoyed this, and it gave her some great math practice without using flash cards.