I’m having a blast coming up with fun math games and activities to do with M. I’m almost glad he didn’t take an interest in the bead bars and number boards (although, honestly, I do hope that he will, eventually!).
For our Floor Number Line Game I printed out some large number cards, 1 – 20, and laminated them. I also made two dice – one has numbers on it, and one has actions on it.
To play, we scatter the numbers around our floor, while still keeping them in order. So #1 goes nearest the starting place, and number 20 goes the farthest away. You want enough room between numbers to have space for doing the actions. It’s hard to crawl from #1 to #2 if there’s only a few inches between them. ;)
Each player starts at number 1, and the first player tosses both dice. If you get “+2” and “hop on one foot”, you would hop on one foot forward two spaces to the number 3 card (forward means towards the higher numbers. Depending on how you have the numbers laid out, it could actually be sideways).
The number die has a zero on it, which means stay where you are; and some numbers have a minus sign (-), which means go back towards one.
Whoever reaches 20 first is the winner! When we first played this we only used numbers 1 to 10 and that was a lot of fun too!
If you have more than one child, this is a great game, as you can retrieve the dice for them. If you only have one child and you are playing with him or her, it’s still a great game, but whoever is retrieving the dice for each turn will need to remember his or her spot on the number line! This could also just be a fun activity for one child, without being a competitive game at all.
The floor cards are made to be printed on colored paper, and so don’t appear in order on the printable (I didn’t want 1 through 4 to all be purple, and so on, so I mixed the numbers up a bit). You can download the game materials below.Floor Number Game
Have a beautiful day! :)