It seems we’re really into games lately. Maybe it’s the age. I’ve heard age 4 can be unfocused and distracted and that seems to be where we’re at. So games go over well. This one I highly recommend. I’m planning to eventually teach my children to do calculations on the Japanese abacus. This requires them to know their sums up to 10. So I got this game.
I paired it up with the Montessori addition strip board.
I set up the board with all the pairs that add up to 10 for reference.
Then we turn all the numbers over so the fish are up. To play we turn over one fish. Then we see what number it pairs with to make ten. We scan those that are turned over and if we find a match we take them out. If we don’t, that number is left turned over and the next person goes.
Today we played twice and Pumpkin 1 was starting to memorize pairs that go together.
There are also sharks for the game but I removed them because right now Pumpkin 1 gets too upset about having to put things back. We combine our pairs together as she doesn’t do well with competitive games at the moment. It’s much more fun to play cooperatively right now.