LEGO Math Games: The Number Line Game

Step out of the workbook pages and into LEGO math games. If your child is learning to count, learning to add or subtract, working on negative and positive numbers, why not make it a game?   The LEGO Number Line Game uses what you already have to make math fun. 

LEGO Math Activities for Kids

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Assorted LEGOs and a LEGO figure

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This game can be played at any math level.  We’ve used it in several ways.

  1. Learning to count from 1-10, 1-30, 1-50, 1-100.  
  2. Adding and Subtracting. Call out equations to your child (or to the LEGO mini-figure) and have them move the LEGO figure along the number line. (“What’s 3+4, LEGO Man?”)
  3. Working with Fact Families.  “How many ways can LEGO Man get 10?” (5+5, 6+4, 8+2 and so on).
  4. Working with negative numbers. Draw your number line to include negative and positive numbers. Give your child numbers to add and subtract that moves them along both the negative and positive parts of the number line. 

LEGO hands-on math activities for kids 

What other ways could you use the LEGO Number Line? I’d love to hear your ideas. Post them in the comments below.

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Learning How to Tell Time

Learning how to tell time comes with practice.  Set up an easy time telling station at kid-eye level. This one is in our kitchen near the stairs. We all walk by it a hundred times a day. It’s been great practice for the kids and an easy way for me to point out times we need to keep track of throughout the day. We are learning how to tell time while we are on the go.

Telling Time Station for learning how to tell time throughout the day 

The clock station can be used in many ways, for all levels of learning how to tell time. Right now, my 5-year-old is learning to tell time by the hour and half-hour while my 8-year-old is learning more precise times.

See the one that says “Screen Time 4:00″? That is the super motivating one in our house right now. 

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What You Will Need

  • Face clock Choose one that is easy to read. I chose this one because it also has the time in 5 to 60 minute increments.

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  • Digital wall clock Battery operated and about the same size as the face clock (these clocks are 10 inches).
  • Moveable teaching clocks. Package of 6. I got these at a local teacher supply store and I wish I could find a link for you, but I haven’t been able to locate one yet. 
  • Laminator  This is optional of course, but this is what makes the moveable teaching clocks have the dry-erase capability so we can work on various times.
  • Circle Punch
    (also optional). I just like the uniform look of a space to write the times underneath the moveable teaching clocks. There are a million uses for the circle punch.
  •  Command Hooks and Strips
    For hanging everything on painted surfaces and not leaving a mark when you remove them. How did we live before Command Strips existed? I truly don’t know. I use these for everything. I used the Velcro Picture Hanging Strips to secure the two big clocks to the wall. Even though they are hung with nails, being at kid level, I thought they may get knocked down so I used the velcro for extra attachment.

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Top 10 Hands-On Math Games for Outside

Take learning outside this summer with some fun hands-on math games.  These math activities for kids use the pool, sidewalk chalk, bikes, scooters and more to make learning fun. 

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Top 10 Hands-On Math Games for Outside 

  1. Keep those times tables fresh with skip-counting hopscotch.
  2. Water balloon math from No Time for Flashcards.  
  3. Number recognition game with sidewalk chalk: Put the fire out.
  4. Measuring in nature from Wildlife Fun 4 Kids.  
  5. Stomp-it! Place Value game. Move it  outside and use sidewalk chalk.
  6. Times table learning with chalk and a fly swatter.
  7. There’s lots of money math in a Lemonade stand.
  8. Make a hula-hoop clock with sticks and sidewalk chalk.
  9. Math in the pool! from Toddler Approved. 
  10. Sidewalk chalk mental math game on a scooter or a bike. 

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Telling Time Activities : Make a Hula Hoop Clock

Here is something I’ve learned as a mom over and over again:  Math is more fun outside! It’s true. If you are looking for telling time activities for kids, grab a hula hoop and some sidewalk chalk and you are ready to go. 

Telling Time Activities

Send the kids in search of sticks and break them to the right lengths for an hour hand and a minute hand. Soaking the chalk in water for a few minutes makes the colors brighter and easier to see. 

Call out times or write them in chalk using digital time and have your kids move the hands of the hula hoop clock to the correct time.  

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Multiplication Practice

When it’s just too nice to be indoors, we take math outside. Here’s one fun way to get some multiplication practice.

We wrote multiplication facts for 8 on our front step. Isn’t this rainbow chalk cool? I got it at Target last season but I hope they have it again this year.

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