A Yummy Way to Practice Beginning Number Facts


How yummy is this activity! Oh yeah…and it’s a fun way to practice beginning number facts.

I use the double six dominoes, but it’s easy to diferentiate by providing only dominoes that represent the facts you want your kids to work on. In other words, if you have a child who is still struggling with adding one to a given number, then use only the dominoes that have one dot (pip) on one side. For example, five dots on one side and one dot on the other would represent the fact 5 + 1 = 6.

As your child is working with the dominoes, ask them if 5 + 1 would be the same as 1 + 5.  This is a great way to sneak in what math teachers call the commutative property of addition – the orders the addends are added does not matter.  This begins building the foundation for algebra.

Kids can choose the domino they want to make with the graham crackers, icing, and M&Ms. They spread the icing and then and use the domino to help them place their M&Ms. This is not an easy task (hand/eye coordination, recreating a design) so don’t worry if their graham cracker domino doesn’t quite look like their real domino.

Ask them to state, or even write, the matching equation that goes with their domino.  A number line can be used to help add the total number of M&Ms.

Then, mmmmmm, they get to eat their hard work!

by Karyn Hodgens, Elementary Mathematics Specialist and Creator of Nifty Numbers and Math Medley Family Math Night kits.

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Karyn is co-founder of Math Unity LLC, an educational company specializing in elementary mathematics. She has a BA in Child Development, a Masters of Arts in Education with a Specialization in Elementary Mathematics and a multiple subjects teaching credential. Her passion is designing real-world lessons that resonate with kids and their interests. Karyn is the creator of Nifty Numbers, Math Medley, Gellin' with Geometry and Play and Take Family Math Night kits. These kits were designed to build strong family-school partnerships and get parents involved in fun and engaging math activities with their children. To find out more, visit www.FamilyMathNight.com