Exploring Area with Spielgaben

Exploring Area with Spielgaben

{We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.}

We have had our Spielgaben set for years now and have grown with it. This year for 2nd grade, we are using Spielgaben as an extension of our math curriculum.

She has been learning all about area with her core math curriculum so I went through the Spielgaben math guide and searched for activities to reinforce this concept. Adding in hands-on pieces really helps a lot and is one of the main reasons I continue to supplement her math.

First, we did an activity outlined in the Spielgaben Math Guide #2. She created fences for the “yards” I created out of cuboids.

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Then, we used the fence pieces to figure the area and write the multiplication problem.

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Next we played a game I made up, which I called “Which bedroom do you want?” I pre-measured and cut 3 different shapes and showed them to her. She guessed which had the biggest area and chose that room for herself, then gave each of her brothers the other rooms. Then we got to work figuring the area of each room!

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Surprisingly she thought the long rectangle room was bigger, but the square one was bigger! She chose the biggest correctly! I had her tell me what the multiplication problems were for the area of each room and write them.

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As usual, she asked to play freely when we were done! I am a BIG fan of this and encourage her to play! She made an alligator!

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Then she asked me to tape it together so she could play with it. I told her to give it a try, and she did! She worked for so long getting the tape pieces just right nd was so happy {as you can see} when it was done!

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See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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Making Math Come Alive with Spielgaben

Making Math Come Alive with Spielgaben

{We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.}

We have had our Spielgaben set for years now and have grown with it. This year for 2nd grade, we are using Spielgaben as an extension of our math curriculum. Spielgaben is releasing a full math program soon and we were sent a preview file of PDFs for the 2nd grade curriculum. These are the worksheets you see in this post. They are not available yet but will be soon, follow along with us and I will let you know when you can get your hands on this new math program!

She has been deep into multiplication lately with her core math curriculum so I went through the Spielgaben math files and pulled out several multiplication sheets so we could work on the same concepts in a different way! It was neat to see what she did and didn’t understand. Adding in hands-on pieces really helps a lot and is one of the main reasons I continue to supplement her math.

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She chose whether she wanted to use objects or just do the problem in her head. For most she chose objects, some she did on her own.

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This was another day and she chose to do this one entirely without using any objects.

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What usually happens when we pull out Spielgaben supplies for math? Her creative juices begin to flow and she often wants to play after our lesson. I am a BIG fan of this and encourage her to play! This particular day was awesome. She spontaneously set up a store for us. She made lollipops, flowers, fans and birds. Then we played store.

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Little did she know it was a sneaky way to get in a good review of counting money.

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Spontaneous, playful, fun learning. And that’s why I love Spielgaben.

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See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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DIY Spielgaben Photo Puzzles

DIY Photo Puzzle with Spielgaben

{We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.}

We had some leftover Christmas cards and I remembered how much Ladybug loved the puzzles we created awhile back so I decided to make her a more difficult version using the colored shapes in our Spielgaben kit instead of just cubes!

First, I grabbed a handful of all one color and laid out a pattern on the picture I had.

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I then used my Open It! {the little utility knife part of it} to cut each shape.

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Some clear tape and done!

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She immediately remembered our puzzles when I showed her and loved that this one was a photo!

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All done!

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I think we might be making more of these, it was fun and simple! Have a younger child, use the cubes. Have an older child? Challenge your child to create their own pattern with the blocks! Use old photos that you have duplicates of!


See more fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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See version 4.0 here!

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Christmas Fun with Spielgaben

Christmas Fun with Spielgaben

{We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.}

We have a special Christmas Fun with Spielgaben post for you today! I challenged my children to come up with Christmas designs recently to get in the holiday spirit and took photos of all of their creations! I even made a PDF so you could print out our designs if your kids want to make them too! You’ll find the link to download at the end of this post!

First, here’s a few Christmas tree designs they came up with…

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At first I wasn’t sure what Santa was holding, but then easily noticed the small doll and the wagon!

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Rudolph, of course!

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It wasn’t just my younger two creating {they did the ones above}. My 14 year old got in on the action too, these next two are his creations!

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The snowy Christmas scene…

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And my very favorite…the reason for the season!

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Do you have a Spielgaben set?

Download our ideas to print for your kids!

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See more fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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See version 4.0 here!

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Graphing with Spielgaben

Graphing with Spielgaben

{We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.}

We have had our Spielgaben set for years now and have grown with it. This year for 2nd grade, we are using Spielgaben as an extension of our math curriculum. Spielgaben is releasing a full math program soon and we were sent a preview file of PDFs for the 2nd grade curriculum. These are the worksheets you see in this post. They are not available yet but will be soon, follow along with us and I will let you know when you can get your hands on this new math program!

I incorporate Spielgaben into her daily work. I choose 1-3 worksheets from the math program per week and have her work on them independently {if possible} or with a bit of instruction with me. Then on Friday I gather the worksheets and we bring the concepts alive with the Spielgaben pieces. Below I will share a few of the worksheets we brought to life with Spielgaben this past month!

This past month I chose to focus on graphing skills with her. I chose a couple of worksheets in particular to bring to life with our Spielgaben set. This complemented her main math curriculum and was a fabulous review and time of teaching additional concepts!

First, we used the Spielgaben board and small dots to simply recreate one of our graphs. We did tons of comparing and discussed many aspects of the graph and the worksheet itself. This was all a great review for her.

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This net worksheet presented a new graphing concept, by discussing the size of the images on a pictograph.  She had never thought about this and learned a lot!

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After we went through the worksheet together, I recreated an example for her on the board. The one on the left is showing the ‘wrong’ way since the purple diamonds look like they have the most but actually the orange triangles have the most!  I then challenged her to use the same pieces in a different way to show a more accurate pictograph according to size. She struggled at first so I assisted to get her going and then it clicked!

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Moments like that are why I love having Spielgaben as a part of our math curriculum!

 

After the lesson she begged to have some play time, so of course I said yes!

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A cat, a bird, and a white dachshund {I thought it was a bunny}.

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She loves her end of the week Spielgaben time, it has been a great addition to her math curriculum this year, providing great hands-on learning and review!


See more math fun we have had with Spielgaben!

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See version 4.0 here!

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