Have a Ball with Math

Ball with Math (1)

Travis has shown a keen interest in numbers and basic math lately. So today we had a ball (literally!), playing games that played around with numbers and worked his gross motor skills.

First up, we played backwards toss. Toss a ball back and forth, but instead of counting up each catch, count down. This is a great way to introduce the idea of subtraction, even before a child is ready for equations. Touchdown!

Ball with Math (2)

Next we returned to counting up, but used skip counting. He loved grasping how the numbers went from 5 to 10 to 15 to 20 and so forth up to 100. Plus I noticed improvement in his hand-eye coordination even over the course of a few rounds!

After school, we played a kicking game. I cut three holes in a piece of cardboard, each hole worth different points, again using skip-counting by 5s.

Ball with Math (3)

Travis was in charge of the tally!

Ball with Math (5)

I showed him how to make tally marks in bundles of 5, which we then totted up to find out our final scores.

Ball with Math (4)

Score one for the math team!

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