I am well aware that my kids are young and would not use a calculator anyway, but I want them to really get the basics down. It's easier to move forward when you all ready know what you are doing without having to think about it.
So my point to all this is when I do math with my kids we play a game called "Shop". I know.... it's a very clever name.
What we do is we lay out toys and I randomly put price tags on them.
One person is the shopper. I will give them a set amount of money. They have to go through the "store" and buy what they can and get as close to their budget without going over.
|Brianna adding up what she wants to buy to see if she has enough.|
Once they figure out what they are able to buy. The shopper then takes their purchases to the owner and he must add up the total and figure out the change that needs to come back.
|Adding up what the customer owes.|
|Giving back change.|
We do this several times and then switch.
They are learning to budget, add, and subtract. And also the value of money. My oldest is in third grade so I do make it more challenging for him.
As they get older I will start to add tax and sale prices. Meaning using percentages off and coupons.
They always have fun playing this game.
My youngest will either play in their rooms or join their siblings with writing things down.
What learning games do you do with your kids? I would love to steal ideas :) No really, I would. As you can see "shop" is not that clever. The easy fun ideas usually escape me, So comment please!!