Make learning fun with these Kindergarten Common Core math games for learning numbers and counting from 1-100. Playing with math concepts and using hands-on games is a great way for kids to internalize math concepts!
The Importance Of Hands-On Mathematics at HOME!
As a parent, I know how valuable hands-on learning is. My son needs a lot of repetition to remember things and is motivated to learn when the activities require movement and using his senses. He is a build-it and take-it- apart kind of kid.
The teacher in me wants to make sure that we are reinforcing the academic concepts needed in school. I am trying to do this in the most playful way possible!
Kindergarten Mathematics Common Core Standard CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.CC.A.1 says, know number names and the count sequence. Specifically, students must be able to count to 100 by ones and by tens.
So what would we be doing at home?
Math Learning Activities for Play at Home
Math Learning Activity: Cheerio 100 Chart
Snack time is a great way to sneak in some learning! This activity is super easy. Grab a handful of cheerios and set them on the 100 chart. Let them predict how many cheerios they think they have! Encourage him to fill in one cheerio per square starting in the top left. Then, count and eat!
Math Learning Activity: Luck of the Draw
In this game, your child will pick a number card from the pile and read it. Then, they will have to do that number of items for their chores. Admittedly, one may argue this isn’t the “funnest” game for your child, but it’s sure fun for me! It works well when we are folding clothes, tidying up toys in the playroom, and picking up sticks in the yard. As much “fun” as it is, it really is a great way to teach counting by ones to a higher number. You will need a stack of paper or notecards with different numbers from 0-20 written on them. Explain that they will get to draw a number rand that is how many X, Y, or Z
Math Learning Game: Count On
We tend to spend time in the car running errands. This game is one to play orally with no props or materials. We call it COUNT ON because you can stop counting whenever you want and the other person keeps counting. This pattern continues until you reach 100. A game may start like this:
Child: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, …
Parent: 8, 9, 10, 11…
Child: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18…
Parent: 19, 20, 21…
Math Game: Can You Build It?
We build a lot in our house. Unstructured playtime is so very important for our kids. Every once in a while, I like to butt my head into the play and challenge them to create. Can you build a tower with 17 blocks? What could you make with exactly 100 LEGOS? Would you be able to build a bridge with 6 LEGOS?
The reality is that you can SPIN learning to count and recognize numbers 1-100 in many ways. The most important thing is that you spend time with your child learning and playing.