Sara-Jayne from Keep Up with the Jones family is back today with a DIY maths game for kids, which we are calling Out of this world maths. Sara-Jayne is mum to three boys under six and is a Junior School Teacher. This post is part of our learning with manipulatives series.
This maths craft and activity is brilliant at engaging children of all differing abilities. I’ve used it in my classroom and the children love it.
DIY maths game for kids – Out of this world maths
All you need are a variety of foam stickers, somewhere to stick them, and a dice. I sorted my stickers into six jars, but piles are fine! I’ve used these alien stickers because the range of aliens is pretty useful. They have differing amounts of hands, eyes, antennae, and legs.
How To Play Out of this world maths, a DIY maths game for kids:
- Sort the stickers into jars 1-6 [to correspond with the dice].
- The first player rolls a dice and takes a sticker from the appropriate jar.
- The player adheres the sticker to their paper and begins to create their scene.
Note – I’ve played this activity with children who do not like particular colours or aliens. We decided it is not compulsory to stick a particular alien onto the paper. Instead, the player simply waits their turn for a new alien.
Once the children have ten aliens [or whatever number you’ve decided on, according to ability] they can complete their scene with other materials too, if they want.
Once the picture is completed to their liking, they are challenged to write number sentences about their picture.
Challenge your child to think of more complex mathematical sentences. They may begin with, “There are five blue aliens”. This could then lead to, “There are five blue aliens with a total of 14 legs”. This, in turn, becomes, “There are five blue aliens with a total of 14 legs – this is 3 more than the amount of legs that my pink aliens have altogether”.
Explore as many mathematical concepts as possible!
The peaceful aspect of this game [at least in my house] is that there is no winner – and using the foam stickers in conjunction with a maths activity means that the crafting time is longer than the usual “grab as many stickers as possible and stick them all over the paper” routine!
I’m joining a team of bloggers in a year-long series about learning with manipulatives. As a mum, I know that there is no better way than to learn through play and using manipulatives with kids whilst they are playing and learning means they are developing fine motor skills.
I am really looking forward to sharing and learning with you through play this series as we share creative ways to work on fine motor skills while learning.
See other ideas for using foam stickers as a tool for learning from the rest of the learning from manipulative team:
- Transportation Theme Preschool Activities from Life Over C’s
- Foam Stickers Process Art from Still Playing School
- Fill in the Bugs from Learning 2 Walk
- Valentine’s Day Hearts Decorated with Foam Stickers from Crafty Mama in ME
- Shape Puzzle with Foam Stickers from Mom Inspired Life
- DIY I Spy Foam Book by Best Toys 4 Toddlers
- Foam Sticker & Rolling Pin Painting Project for Kids from Play Dough & Popsicles
- Letter Sticker Matching Activity from Books and Giggles
- Foam Sticker Writing Activity from The Kindergarten Connection
- Foam Stickers Name Puzzles from Teach Me Mommy
- Broken Hearts Puzzle from Adventures of Adam
- Seasons Weather Sorting Activity with Foam Stickers from In The Playroom
- DIY Gameboard Kids Can Make from School Time Snippets
- Fun Foam Sticker Letter Match Activity from Artsy Momma
- Sticker Shape Matching from Play & Learn Everyday
- DIY Maths Game for Kids from Mum in the Mad House
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Aliens or robots always make games seem fun for us. I think we could have some fun with this.
What a cool game! I love anything which promotes learning alongside fun and this looks like it fits the bill perfectly. Fab idea.
Those are the coolest Alien stickers I have ever seen! Brilliant game too!
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This looks brilliant – I love anything that helps to make maths fun, definitely one I want to try with Boo 🙂
I like any games that encourage learning!
This one looks like a lot of fun and my two would have really enjoyed it when they were younger x
As always such a fab idea. Have shared!
Great idea, Jen, Emma loves writing now and any excuse would do so I will adapt this with Easter foam shapes and allow her imagination to run wild!xx
These maths are super cute. I will make them with my kids
Oh this is brilliant, what a great idea. Funnily enough I was talking to Poppy’s teacher the other day about maths and making numbers into fun games. I love the little aliens 🙂
oh wow great idea will deffo have a go with my little ones.
These alien stickers are amazing. I’ve got a space mad little one who would really enjoy this game.
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