Educational toys do not need to be costly.
You can make many of the items you see at home with just one ot two household items and a bit of time.
Hamish has been counting for a while and can now identify his numbers up to 20.
But is rote counting and random identification enough?
I wanted to also teach him what number comes before and after each other, how to sequence the numbers and how to identify the numbers that may be missing from a number line.
An easy maths game
To do this I made a set of 10 number lines with numbers missing.
I then wrote a number on 10 pegs and left Hamish to peg the missing number onto the icecream stick in the correct place.
Using this I was able to:
- show him which numbers came before or after each other
- Use the pegs to have him sequence numbers
- Teach him to place the missing number in the correct place on the number line
- Test his knowledge of number recognition and counting
To make your own
To make your own you will need:
- 10 ice cream sticks ( you could use thick pieces of cereal box card if you do not have ice cream pegs)
- 10 pegs
- A permanent marker
First write the numbers 1 -10 on each ice cream stick leaving out one number each time and replacing the number with a square or line where the missing number would be.
Next write the numbers 1-10 on each peg, one number per peg
Present the game to your child and show them how to play.