Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Plus 1 Minus 1: An Easy Math Card Game


Learning math facts. It's something that's just got to be done. Usually the default recommendation is to drill with flash cards. Sigh. I know flash cards aren't always the worst thing and I do know kids who actually enjoy them. But, my two girls just aren't all that fond of flash cards drills. (Or maybe they just know that Mommy will come up with a cool game that's way more fun...)

So, ditch the flash cards and grab a deck of playing cards. Plus 1 Minus 1 is an easy math game that reinforces the concepts of adding 1 to a number and subtracting 1 from a number. It's simple and fun.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Activity Books Rock!


I've partnered with Parragon Books to start bringing you fun book reviews each month. They have a ton of fun books - including a favorite type in our house, activity books.

Why are activity books such a favorite? Because, they rock!

Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book from Parragon Books; all opinions are my own. All links are Amazon Affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for more details.

Monday, May 11, 2015

5 Quick Ways to Learn Number Stories


We've done Number Stories at the Park and played with a Number Stories Store. Now, I've got 5 more quick ideas for practicing number stories. The ideas are quick, simple, and designed to show you just how easy it is to incorporate math practice into your day-to-day life. Life it busy. (That's an understatement, isn't it?) But, no matter how busy life is, all you need is 5 minutes for some quick math practice with your kids.

Here are 5 super-simple, super-quick ways to practice number stories with your kids.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Number Stories Store


It's doesn't take any special supplies to put together a play store. We've done so many different versions, grocery stores, jewelry stores, and toy stores. You may think of a pretend play store as a preschool activity. But, as the kids are getting older and working hard at their math skills, it can become so much more. 

Since we're been talking about number stories so much lately here at Creative Family Fun, I thought I'd show you how to use a pretend play store to practice solving and writing number stories. 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Number Stories at the Park


Number stories, a.k.a. word problems, are very common in the elementary years. My daughters have been solving them and writing their own from the point where they first starting doing basic addition. I talked earlier about what they are and how parents can help with number story homework, and now I want to share some fun ways to practice this math concept. 

As far as I'm concerned, my kids get plenty of time with workbooks and worksheets in the classroom and for homework. If we're going to do some extra practice at home, I want to do something different. I want to make it fun for them, but still help reinforce the skills they are learning in school. Luckily, with number stories, there are so many fun things you can do with your child. 

Come along! Let's head to the park for some number stories at the playground.