Exploring Shapes 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.

Exploring Shapes with Spielgaben

 

Exploring Shapes

We have been using our Spielgaben set to explore shapes this month. As we continue on with a very loose 1st grade math plan, I choose concepts I want to expose her to before beginning a more formal math program in 2nd grade.

Math Manual, Part 3, Chapter 1 ~ Play 28: Let’s Make Shapes

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We have obviously worked with shapes before, so this was an extension of what she already knew.  For this lesson she learned the word vertex and we made vocabulary cards to go along to reinforce our new words.

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Her other new word was quadrilateral, and we had fun making quadrilaterals together both with the balls and also the sticks.

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Math Manual, Part 3 Chapter 1 ~ Play 29: I Want to Be a TriangleSpielgaben Math Play 29

 

This was a neat lesson built into a fun game.  We used 3 dice each with 1-6 on them.  We organized the sticks in groups as shown below.

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We took turns rolling the dice and using the corresponding stick to build {or not build} a triangle, learning different things along the way – like the fact that you can’t build a triangle every time!

As we moved along she learned about an isosceles triangle!

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We also learned about an equilateral triangle!

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See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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Exploring Measurement 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.

 Exploring Measurement with Spielgaben

 

Exploring Measurement

We have been using our Spielgaben set to explore measurement this month. As we continue on with a very loose 1st grade math plan, I choose concepts I want to expose her to before beginning a more formal math program in 2nd grade.

Math Manual, Part 4, Chapter 1 ~ Play 48: Ruler for a GiantSpielgaben Math Play 48 Measurement

 

The lesson was to create a ruler using the metric system but we altered it to create a ruler using the U.S. system. I sure wish we used metric, it’s so much easier! But, since we don’t yet, I wanted to be sure she understood the U.S system of measurement as well.

 

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We counted out all of the tiny lines on a ruler and discussed what each meant as we built a ruler together.Spielgaben -3862

We taped it all together when we were done!

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We measured several items together and talked all about the actual ruler while also using our large version

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Math Manual, Part 4 Chapter 1 ~ Play 49: Could You Give Me a Cup of Juice?

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For our next lesson, we focused on capacity, which she loved!  First we created cups!

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Then, she chose what “liquid” to fill each with. She chose grape juice, milk and orange juice!

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We then dumped the cups and lined up the “liquids” to compare.

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This was a really fun lesson, she is still playing with the cups she made!


See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

 

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Math Grab ~ A Fun Multiplication Game for Kids

Math Grab Multiplication Card Game for Kids

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Memorizing multiplication facts is a task all kids must do!  Anything to make this more fun and hands-on is a plus in my book!  We were sent the Math Grab game to review and I used it with my son, who is in 4th grade.  He knows all of his multiplication facts but is a bit slower with some so this was a GREAT game for him!

What is Math Grab?

Math Grab Multiplication Card Game

Math Grab is a fun Multiplication Card Game to help kids learn their multiplication times tables! Unlike most other methods kids use to learn multiplication, Math Grab uses a new effective, fun, and quick way to get kids to memorize times tables. The game is simple. Each round, one player flips over a card, and everyone else quickly reviews their cards to determine if they have a match.. if so GRAB IT and discard. First player to discard all cards wins!  See more about how to play here!

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He is HIGHLY competitive so this game is a winner in our house!  He wants to be faster with all facts so he can beat me!  As you can see below, I had a multiplication chart next to him to glance at if he came upon a fact he couldn’t remember.  Having to look made him slower, but gave him the confidence in having the ability to self-correct if needed.

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Math Grab is a great addition to our homeschool, it is now on his lesson plan to play at least once a week with a parent for review of multiplication facts!

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Exploring Fractions 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.

Exploring fractions with Spielgaben

 

Exploring Fractions

We have been using our Spielgaben set to explore fractions this month. As we continue on with a very loose 1st grade math plan, I choose concepts I want to expose her to before beginning a more formal math program in 2nd grade.

Math Manual, Part 1, Chapter 4 ~ Play 18: Share a Cake with Friends

Spielgaben Math Ch 4 Fractions Play 18 Share a Cake

The first lesson we did was about sharing a cake with friends.  We got out play plates and a knife, and also some fraction toys we own. We had a great time roll-playing in a fun way to simply introduce & review fraction concepts.

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As the lesson went on we changed the number of blocks in the cake as well as the number of friends to share with.  This was a really fun lesson, she loved it!

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Math Manual, Part 1, Chapter 4 ~ Play 19: Cut the CakeSpielgaben Math Ch 4 Fractions Play 19 Cut the Cake

For our next lesson, a few days later, we continued to explore with the cake concept.  We took it a little farther than just playing, and used the concept to write some fractions too.

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I drew cakes for her and had her write {or copy} the correct fraction in each piece.

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Math Manual, Part 1, Chapter 4 ~ Play 20: 2D Figure PuzzleSpielgaben Math Ch 4 Fractions Play 20 2D Figure Puzzle

For our next lesson, we played a fun game from the Spielgaben manual. I created a die that had different fractions on each side.  We rolled the die and used shapes to create a design to represent the fraction.

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This was REALLY fun, we both enjoyed it a lot!

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Totally unrelated to fractions, but here’s another fun thing I caught her doing with our set this month, an adorable cat creation!  She still builds and creates freely with our set a lot!

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See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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Exploring Time 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.

Create a Clock with Spielgaben

Exploring Time on an Analog Clock

We have been using our Spielgaben set to explore time this month. Ladybug has been learning time in her Life of Fred math book so I naturally took out the Spielgaben math lessons about time to enrich her learning in a hands on way.

Math Manual, Part 2, Chapter 1 ~ Play 24: Analog Clock Spielgaben Math Time

Using the activity presented in the Spielgaben Math Manual {shown above} as a base for our learning, we first created our own clock to work with. She helped me with all of the steps.

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We then reviewed how to tell time to the hour and the half hour.  We went back and forth a lot, all while using our newly created clock.

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She really liked her clock, it’s amazing how creating something simple together can really engage a child.

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On another day, we extended our learning by using cut up sitcky notes to make little hidden doors to remind her of the rest of the multiples of 5 all around the clock. She worked with me again, cutting up the papers, sticking them on and writing the numbers all around the clock.

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We then used this to learn more about telling time to the 5s – the little flaps were great for confidence boosting and by the end of one session with me she really grasped the count by 5s concepts and challenged herself to not peek in the flaps!

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We have continued to use our clock for review and will build even more on this, using other lessons in the Spielgaben Math Manual!


Totally unrelated to telling time, but here’s another fun thing I caught her doing with our set this month, making awesome tops!  She still builds and creates freely with our set a lot!

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See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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See version 4.0 here!

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Spielgaben offers a special discount to my readers, just send an email to [email protected] mentioning 1+1+1=1 and you will be provided with a discount coupon!