Matthew loves learning. (shame that he isn't in proper school till next year) When we are sitting at the dinner table he often starts asking maths questions such as what is 5+4 or 7-3. He tries getting carried away asking things such as what is 21+45 or 100+76. Now I tell him that he has to know the answer before he can ask a question. Seems so strange sitting there asking maths questions backwards and forward between us.
I've always said I wouldn't push him. But when he shows interest in something I try to pick up on it and encourage him. A while ago he was reading a book about bats so we made a toilette roll bat.So when I saw this Maths facts race on A Love for Teaching. I decided to give it a go. For some unknown reason I had been collecting bottle tops for a while and had a collection available. Luckily I had different colours so I didn't even have to colour some of them.
I then used a permanent marker to write on numbers, equal, plus and minus symbols. I really need more numbers so will be on the lookout for things with white bottle tops. Isn't it sad when you look at the colour of the bottle tops when you are buying drinks.
I also got carried away and made a bag for them out of the leg of an old pair of trousers. Matthew gets through rather a lot of trousers making holes in the knees and then in the patches. The rest are being made into a rug.
Since we first played this we have decided to make it into our own version of game. We now take it in turns to set up a sum such as 3+2= or 6-3= the other person has to complete the sum. We also added two instruments a bell and a whistle. If the sum is correct the person laying out the question rings the bell. If it is wrong they blow the whistle. I sometimes get it wrong on purpose to see if knows what the answer is.
We also added some yellow bottle tops with stars on. Each time you get an answer right you gain a star. The winner is the one with the most stars after a given time or when they have all gone.
We now need more numbers and stars so might have to ask friends to save me their bottle tops.
I'd been looking for one of these bells for a while. In the shops I could buy them on their own but they were expensive. Or I could buy a complete kids game that was to young for us. The other day I was in a Brockie (second hand shop) and saw a game for 2chf. At that price I don't mind just throwing away the rest of the game.