April 29, 2013

Gross Motor Addition Game

Learn through Movement - Gross Motor Addition Game


This week I am teaming up with Mess for Less and Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas to bring you a series entitled Learn through Movement.  For three days this week each of us will post an activity to help children learn while moving and playing.


Monday - Math


Wednesday - Reading


Friday - Science



For our math activity, I set up a simple addition game using sidewalk chalk.  I wrote the numbers 1-12 in circles.

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The directions were simple.  My boys took turns rolling the dice.  They added the sum of the two dice and hopped that many spaces.


J-Bug (3) loves hopping, jumping or skipping games.  Any gross motor activity captivates his attention.  (Don't you love you he has his stuffed penguin and blanket in his arm?)




We changed it up each time we rolled.  Sometimes I had them hop with two feet, sometimes they hopped on one foot, they stepped from number to number, and other times they hopped backwards.



This was a perfect addition game that both my preschooler and kindergartner could participate in.



JZ (5) made it into a race.  He added the dice quickly and tried to hope as quickly as possible to land on the sum.




Learning through movement is a great way to help young children learn and remember what they have learned.  The more healthy and fit a child is, the more efficiently his brain functions.  Also, when movement is combined with learning the activity is more likely to be remembered.  Have you ever tried memorizing a new song, poem or scripture verse?  Can it be done while sitting still?  Yes.  Have you ever added hand motions to go along with the words?  If you have tried adding motions while memorizing you probably know that you can memorize something much quicker with the added motions than when you are just sitting still.




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Be sure and visit Mess for Less to see their Number Hunt and Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas to see their Addition Game, and stay tuned for more ideas for learning through movement!

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6 comments:

  1. what a fun game! I love how you took the active play and learning outside. I had hoped to do that but we had a rainy week so we got active indoors instead. I'll have to give this a try.

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  2. What a great way to get kids moving and learning! Looks like they had a blast!

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  3. This is great! I think we will give it a try.

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  4. Really love this idea! I can't wait to try it! I write a blog for www.multiplication.com and I would love to write about this! I was thinking for older kids you could use multiplication.

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  5. Thanks for this! I'm going to try adapting it for preschoolers by using only #1-10 and just having them identify a number card and hop, jump, run to the matching number on the ground. I think they will love this. Thank you :)

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  6. Exploring and expanding creativity through such games can also help with nurturing self-esteem and self-acceptance

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