During our home preschool time the girls really enjoy hands-on math activities that feel more like play than “school.” This magnet math game appealed to both their love of exploring magnets and their love of sensory play while helping them practice counting and addition.
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At first the girls spent time exploring. They spent quite a while dragging the magnets through the gravel to see how many chips they could pick up at a time.
Once they finished exploring freely we started our math game. To play they’d scoop, count and record how many chips they picked up. After a bit we decided to try and see whether they could scoop “more” or “less” than they did during their previous turn. Each time we recorded the amounts so the girls got some practice writing numbers.
We also used these materials to practice addition. To do so the girls would scoop once and place those chips in one group. Then they would scoop again and place those chips in another group. Then they would count how many in all.
Lovey also recorded the addition sentence before repeating the activity again.
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