Teaching children letters in a playful way

Easily clip, save and share what you find with family and friends. Easily download and save what you find. This week we bring you another 2 Playful Maths Activities using Bottle Tops. This activity also includes  subitising, counting on and creativity and could teaching children letters in a playful way ordering and number writing.

Paper, 2 Dice and a marker. Maddie decided she wanted to order the numbers so they were easier to find. Now you’re ready to start your game with the objective being to fill your picture back in with bottle tops. Note: This was our first real planned addition experience. Before starting the game we talked about a Die and which was the largest number you could roll etc. We then talked about how, because we couldn’t roll any higher than a 6, in order to get a 7 or higher, we were going to have to use both dice and count the two numbers together to make our one number. After rolling both dice she counted out the number of bottle tops for 1 die and then the number for the 2nd die and then counted them all together to get her final number.

Once your child has figured out their number, find the corresponding bottle top number and put it on top of the circle number on the page. We took it in turns rolling the dice together. She then wanted to count-on as well and from then on ditched the extra counters and did all her addition that way. In the above example she rolled a 4 and a 3. She “counted on” by pointing at the 4, saying “4” and then pointing at the 3 and saying, “5, 6, 7. The counting did not go, 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 but instead, 4, 5, 6, 7.

This is very helpful for children to know and an important skill that is taught in school. This is how delighted she was with herself for counting-on and getting the right answer. This is how children feel when they succeed. Allow them to experience success and feel like this and they will want to continue and learn because it feels great. The game ended when the picture was back to how it had started. It took us a lot of rolls to get the last couple of numbers which was fine because each time the child counts and adds, they are reinforcing the learning and their understanding of the combinations of numbers that together make another number. Simplify this activity by using just one Die and the numbers 1-6.

Or, greater still by just allowing your child to create a bottle top picture with numbered bottle tops. The numbers don’t have to have a use, just the continued exposure to them is great. Turn it into a subtraction or multiplication activity etc. Create some pre-drawn pics for a really quick game. Make it a multi-player game by having players each take turns rolling the dice to see what numbers they create. If they roll a number that’s already been done the next person continues. The winner is the person who fills in the final bottle top space.