Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Bottle top maths

 
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.
 
Matthew loved sitting down doing different sums with them.  Think we will leave the racing for a bit but I'm sure that will come.

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.
 
 

16 comments:

  1. What a fun little math game! Thanks for sharing at Anything Goes. :)

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    1. so simple and easy to make. Great what you can find on Pinterest.

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  2. Very fun! I love math ideas for kids who are interested in math. I will share on my FB page.

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    1. Thank you very much for sharing this. I love to share our ideas and help other mums to entertain and teach their kids.

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  3. How fun to see this creative and educational use for bottlecaps! Will pin to my math is fun board :)

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  4. I definitely like using every day items for learning. Re-purposed items is the best. Love the twist on bottle caps and math.

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  5. Oh, what a fun way to practice and learn. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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  6. How creative and fun... what a great idea for learning!

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  7. Nice! I´ll do it with my first grade´s students. Thank u so much!

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  8. I LOVE activities that use things around the house. Great an creative idea! Thanks for sharing at the #Lovetolearnlinky. I am planning on featuring your post. Please stop by again to see your feature and link up again. Have a great day!

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  9. This is such a great ideas! Very creative! Thank you for sharing it with us #Pintorials

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  10. I have a HUGE collection of bottle tops so will definitely be giving this a go #MadeForKids

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  11. What a fun math activity! We have a lot of caps, we'll have to try making these. Thanks for sharing at the #Made4Kids Link Party!

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  12. No it is not sad looking at colours of bottle tops - just shows how interested and happy you are to be helping your child. Really simple idea that suits the need of your child right now and that is important. Dropping in from "Made for Kids Link Party

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