Todays Jellybean Jumble Maths Game is brought to you by Sara-Jayne from Keep Up with the Jones family. Sara-Jayne is a fellow mum to boys, she has three under six and is a Junior School Teacher. This post is part of our learning with manipulatives series.
Today’s game is a maths one, that we play quite often as children without realising that we’re learning. As it’s after Easter we’ve got quite a few jellybeans in the house but you can use any snack you’d like.
Jellybean Jumble Maths Game
To play our Jellybean Jumble Maths Game, you will need:
It takes minutes to set up. Simply draw and price your snacks as a little menu and distribute a mixture of the snacks in each bag. You can do this randomly or strategically – for example if you’re trying to teach number bonds.
So, the menu sets out the cost of each item and then in each little bag or cup is a combination of the menu items. There are a few ways to play this and differentiate depending on the age and ability of your little ones. Mine are 4 and 6, and as I want them to play together, we’ve taken a very simple approach and are adding the jellybeans up.
The boys take it in turns to bring a customer to the shop. We’ve used our Yoshi today. They select a little bag of beans and take them to the checkout person. Upon emptying the bag, the beans are placed against the menu and then the totals are added.
If the total is correct, the player wins the bag of beans!
Extensions to the game are easy – if you have coins around the house, you can play with these to reinforce the real world connection, but the maths alone can be fun.
Once the bags are all sold, your little shopkeeper can restock their shelves by creating a bag worth a specific price – and see if they can assemble more than one possible jellybean combination for a particular price.
There are so many ways to play – and they can be as challenging as necessary, whilst still having fun.
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