Playing board games teaches so many math skills! Try this simple variety to introduce the concepts of taking turns, moving your marker along a path and counting.
Today's Topic: Short Path Games
large size construction paper
game pieces (I provided pom-poms, small blocks and buttons, but pennies or even just shapes cut from heavy paper would work fine)
blank wooden cubes (to make a die)
Mini racer / Dempsey, Kristy
(I love how the endpapers in the book could be a short path game all by themselves!)
What Kids Do: I showed them a simple Short Path Game board that I'd designed and demonstrated how to play the game. My board had 3 rows of 10 spaces each and I had a die with only one's and two's on it. I rolled the die for each car to see if they would advance one space or two, then continued play until one car reaches the finish line.
Then some designed their die:
This game designer finished his game, then flipped the page over to decorate the back with more stickers and drawings.sorting skills!
labyrinth-like Long Path Game. Love it!
Adult Challenge of the week: Ask open-ended questions!
Hindsight Tip: As I explained this week's project, I realized that it was the least open-ended project I'd ever attempted with this age group. Iwasn't sure what they'd do with it. I was thrilled to see kids using their creativity to explore my game design idea with their own variations. If you REALLY want to focus the class on PLAYING short path games, have a set created when they arrive rather than asking kids to create their own during class.
Variations to try:This idea came from the wonderful blog, Math at Play. You can find full instructions and explanations there.