Hands on Math with Spielgaben

Playful Learning with Spielgaben is our monthly post sharing Spielgaben in action!  If you missed the introduction to this series, you can see it here. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.

Hands on Math with Spielgaben

Lessons We Enjoyed

Speilgaben is a wonderful addition to our 1st grade math curriculum.  For now, I am choosing lessons based on her needs.  She has mastered many 1st grade level skills so I knew she didn’t need a full 1st grade curriculum.  Spielgaben is a great fit for her right now!

Each week I choose lessons or worksheets for her and write them into our lesson plans.  Yes, this takes a bit more time than following a pre-written math curriculum, but I want her working on what she needs and will enjoy. I wouldn’t have been as confident in doing this years ago, but now I am after homeschooling 2 other kids at this grade level!

Worksheet Set 3, Level 3, Activity 6 ~ Counting Levels {in case you own Spielgaben and are looking for these specific worksheets, I label them like this so you can easily find them}.

She loves the hands on math lessons the Spielgaben worksheets provide.

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This one was about breaking the figure down and counting the number of blocks used on each level.

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 Worksheet Set 3, Level 3, Activity 5 ~ Missing Parts involved building different figures and then looking at the picture and determining which part{s} are missing.

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It was just the right challenge for her!

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Worksheet Set 4, Level 3, Activity 7 – Making a Flower was a simple direction following activity that we then expanded into a creative time!

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After she followed the directions on the worksheet above, she decided to expand her design and make a sunflower!

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Worksheet Set 4, Level 3, Activity 8, 9, 10 – Creating Petals was a bit too easy for her, but I wanted her to review a bit.  She know her basic addition facts, but this was a fun review worksheet.

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Worksheet Set 4, Level 3, Activity 12 –What’s My Number? was also a bit too easy, but I expanded on the worksheet to give her a lesson in fact families.

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Worksheet Set 4, Level 3, Activity 15 – I Made Doors was fun and a good challenge.  She had to build the structure, then count how many blocks were used and match on the worksheet.

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See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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Owl Opposites Mix and Match ~ Free Printables

Recently we shared our first Owl Opposites printables, a set of opposites flashcards. We have a series of printables featuring our Owl Opposites friends coming, so be sure to subscribe so you don’ miss any!

Owl Opposites Mix and Match printables

Today  I have a set of owl opposites mix and match printables for you! These have a diagonal line to use for matching.  Print them, cut on the dotted lines and put them back together again!  You can laminate for extended and repeated use!

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I made ours a bit smaller to save paper. See how to scale down a PDF file here to print multiple per page. I didn’t laminate mine and am going to have my daughter glue them down after she does them.  Opposites are just a fun review for her at this stage.  She saw me making these and wanted me to print them all for her!

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Opposites are a great thing to expose young children to, choose a few if you have a toddler or preschooler and add more as they are mastered. Don’t bring them all out at once, gradually build up! We have many more owl opposites activities coming soon, so you’ll get many more ideas on how to have fun teaching opposites!

Download your free Owl Opposites Mix & Match here!

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Grab the Owl Opposites Flashcards here!


Tot School Gathering Place Week 146

Welcome to Tot School™ Gathering Place! Gather together here, gather ideas from other blogs, share your own ideas on your own blog. Browse around at the other posts linked up, leave a few comments if you have time, and be sure to check back to see if your blog was featured!

Each week we will feature photo{s} and ideas from blogs who link up. Remember, provide a link back to Tot School Gathering Place within your post that you link up, so you can be considered for the feature! {disclaimer ~ affiliate links used in this post}


Is it my imagination or did October just go by in a flash? It is hard to believe that Christmas is just two months from today! My how time flies when we are having fun with our Tots! Be sure to share with us all the different memory making activities that you are enjoying with your Tot! You may spark the imagination of another Mama who reads the Gathering Place!

Is your Tot ready for a trip around the world? Take a peek at the trip that Tot Ethan and his Mama Lindsay from You Are the Roots have taken so far! It’s an exciting adventure!10252015 You Are the Roots

Over at Adventures in Tot Schooling Tot Munchkin has been working on the letter “R.” Check out the different activities her Mama put together for her learning enjoyment!

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Tot Lillian is busy working through the letter T and enjoying some fun fall activities! Check out the things that Mama Crystal used to help her Tot to enjoy the season!

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Bible Verse Printables Letter W

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Our Raising Lil’ Rock Stars Bible Verse Printables for the Letter W are available to download for free! W is for WAIT! This set is based on Psalm 38:15, “LORD, I wait for you; you will answer, Lord my God.”

Here’s a peek at the work she did at home.

Coloring ~  I love coloring time because it gives such a great opportunity for discussion.  While she colors I read her the story about the verse {included in the printable pack} and we discuss the meaning. I didn’t get a photo of her coloring, this is the page she colored.

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Cut and Glue the Verse ~ this is a great word work activity for her, identifying words and sounds she knows, as well as the Bible verse as a whole. She uses the printable that has the light gray matching words on it.

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The verse tune printables are only available in the bundle but you can hear her singing along in the video. The tune is “Happy Birthday.”

The free version is ONLY for home use.  If you will be using these printables in a church setting, private group, co-op, preschool or other group you will need to purchase the group bundle here.

Download your free Letter W printables here!

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 Scroll down until you see the graphic for letter W and click on it to download the PDF file.

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These printables are from Raising Lil’ Rock Stars!

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See other letters in action by clicking the graphics below!

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Leaf Friends ~ Fall Leaf Rubbing Fun

Leaf Rubbing Craft ~ Make Leaf Friends with Leaf Rubbings

Recently we shared our Leaf Rubbing Family Tree which was launched from our leaf rubbing science project.  Not only did we make a family tree, we made a bunch of leaf friends to play games with and use as decorations! 

Leaf rubbing is a great skill to develop fine motor muscles in tiny hands but it can get frustrating for some kids.  Assist as needed to keep things fun while allowing your child to do as much independently as possible! Add a little face with a marker and you easily have a leaf friend.  A simple project for even young tots and preschoolers!

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Honestly the process is just so fun and simple, once we got going it was hard to stop!  We made a bunch of leaf twins to mix and match together.  This would be a great Tot School activity for younger children.  Matching skills, color ID, and tons of fun!

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Best of all, our leaf friends are cute fall crafts and we ended up laminating them to keep as decorations for fall! I wish I had thought to make these years ago!

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See more Fall ideas here on our Pinterest board!