I am a Pinterest addict. I could pin a gazillion ideas, but do I actually do any of the projects myself? Not as often as I like to admit… however, I saw this idea from Home Grown Learners and knew it was something we could easily pull off! I thought we would add our own twist on the idea and build towers as we added.
I grabbed some unifix blocks and flashcards from my curriculum closet (yes, the closet in my craft room is completely full of teacher stuff!)
I set 6 flashcards out in front of my daughter with the unifix cubes. Since this was our first time doing this activity, I thought I would make it easy for her by having the correct number of cubes next to each flashcard… if I were to do it again I would make her find and count the cubes herself.
Boo just added the blocks together as she built a tower for each problem.
Super easy and very educational! I love the hands-on and visual aspect of this activity that helped Boo understand why 1+3=4. Great idea, Home Grown Learners! Check out her site for more unifix cube activities- actually, just check out her entire site- what an amazing resource!
“Your mission, should you choose to accept it (um, there really is no choice) is to save all the animals in trouble!”
This is how our mission to addition began. Boo received a letter that her help was needed to save the distressed animals (while secretly soaking in some math skills).
And while she didn’t walk away quoting math facts, she had a BLAST. There is nothing wrong with a little academic immersion through play! (Feel free to download the Mission Addition PDF)
The destination to rescue the animals included three pit stops (you may notice a Diego-ish underlying tone):
1- Find the hidden “plus” and “equals” sign located in the dark and mysterious forest (aka living room). Great way to be introduced to those math symbols!
2- Use addition mats (included in the free pdf download
) to add up the silly fish in crocodile lake. I thought our second stop should include snacking on swedish fish. Boo counted the number of swedish fish in each yellow box first. She then slid the fish over to the green box to add ’em up!
3- Climb the tallest mountain (aka was going to be her bed, but she made a last minute decision that we needed to climb down
staircase mountain) to help the spiders (round magnets) solve addition problems using their sticky spiderweb (was going to be a magnetic white board, but I couldn’t find ours so we just used one of our dollar store cookie sheets)
After completing the three activities, we located the secret tupperware full of desperate animals waiting for our help. And then- and only then- was our mission complete.
|Don’t these animals look like they need to be rescued?
I included the pdf
so you can share this addition mission with your kiddos! The pdf also has some add
itional ideas in case your child is begging for more math! Ha!!
We also read Loreen Leedy’s book Mission Addition. It’s a cute book- although it is geared more for the elementary aged child.
I hope you and your child will have as much fun with your mission to addition as we did!