Indoor Hopscotch

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Our indoor hopscoth grid has become like a winter tradition in our home.❄⛄ For the past 5-6 years i have being laying out this grid using painters tape. The days are just too short and the nights are just too cold to play outside. And the gross motor activities cant come to a halt can they? ;););)

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So we play this game in a variety of ways.
1. The standard way 😆 we use bean bags as our counters or these little broad flat plastic sea animals (i like them to use different counters because they learn to handle objects of different weight and shape accordingly)
2. Using our homemade dice 😅(and some small stickers too – different color for each player)
This method focusses on math skills and logic. Throw both dice and add the numbers. Hop on one foot to that number, balance on that foot while bending down to put a sticker of your colour in that block and then hop back. First one to fill all the blocks with their sticker wins (fall, or hop onto a line and lose that sticker) – our grid goes only up to 10 so when they throw a 11 or 12 then they count the total number of hops e.g throw a 12 then they need to hop to 10 and then back down to 8 = 12 hops)

Coffee Bean Sensory Bin

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Our butterfly and coffee bean sensory tray was a hit. My toddler used the spoons to pick up the butterflies and drop them into the bowl.
Areas of learning:
Imagination
Spatial orientation
Visual perception
Depth perception
Colour recognition
Counting

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Lots of mixing happening, shouting out the colours, counting the butterflies and imaginative play.

Numbers 1, 2 & 3

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Today i took out a few random toys in units of 1, 2 & 3. I asked my 2 year old simple number related questions:
How many yellow pegs on the board
How many eyes does the duck have
And so on…
By having them pick up and put down objects its strengthens their understanding of numbers because they are incorporating their sense of touch into the whole exercise. They are not merely processing the information we are giving them through looking at the number and hearing us shout it out but they are adding a physical value to that number as well.

Number 1

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We started number concepts. We are going up only to the number 5 to reinforce my 2year olds concrete to abstract understanding of numbers. I set out this wipe-clean number card for her to roll out some playdough. On the reverse is a single red circle. We using suction beads to stick onto each circle and count as we go. The suction beads are great for fine motor skills and strengthening finger muscles.
I am not really focussing on being able to write the number 1 just yet, but i have been encouraging her to trace it with her finger.

I also set out a piece of paper for her i just wrote in the number 1 and gave her a sheet of star stickers to paste over.
I love sticker activities for toddlers. It encourages their hand-eye coordination and its always a blast. This activity is quick and easy to set up when you dont have time to print out a setnon your PC.

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She was such a star.

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Math Dice – Thinkfun

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Another super game by Thinkfun is Math Dice
Throw the dice including th one with the numbered face. Try to use as many of the dice as possible in finding equations to match the numbered dice. The more you use the higher your points score 😍😍😍 We started this game doing only addition and then addition and subtraction. As the kids started moving onto multiplication we started including multiplication and division as a challenge.

The younger ones would sit with us though and just shout out the number represented on each dice which improved their counting skills.
What i also discovered is removing a dice from the gameplay actually increased the challenge.