What Can You Do with Sidewalk Chalk and Dice?
- A pair of dice
- Driveway, sidewalk, or other clear spot
- Draw 12 circles on driveway, numbering them from 1 to 12. They can be the same size or different sizes, the same shape or different shapes
- Roll dice
- Add the dice
- Hop the number on the two dice, either each one at a time or the sum
- Start over with each roll
- Optional: change the way you hop: step, skip, jump backwards, use one foot or two feet, use left foot, then right foot, hold a toy, raise your hands in the air
- Optional: in a variation of hopscotch, toss a small rock to the number that is the sum of the dice
- Optional: Add more dice. For each one you add, add six circles to the driveway drawing
What Should Happen?
With practice adding the number of dots on the two dice, grandchildren will get very familiar with addition of numbers 1 through 12.
The physical activity not only makes it fun, it solidifies, with muscle memory, how numbers add up.
How Is This Useful?
Addition of numbers between one and 12 is an early math activity for first graders. First graders learn to get comfortable with numbers with activities using objects, pencil and paper and games. Preparing your grandchildren with an easy hopscotch game solidifies this skill.
Thanks to learnplayimagine.com for this activity.
Carol Covin, Granny-Guru
Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers”
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