As spring arrives and we all want to be outside in the sunshine, we found a really fun way to enjoy the weather and work on our math skills.
Hop Scotch Math is as easy as 1, 2, 3! What I really love about it, is that you can change the rules of the game based on the math level of the child, and for many different children at varying levels as well.
Draw a colorful Hop Scotch grid on the sidewalk or driveway. In each Hop Scotch square, write different numbers in whatever order you wish.
Keep the chalk close so that you can change the numbers throughout the game. Using a rock or bean bag as a marker, have the child toss the marker on the Hop Scotch grid.
The child hop to the marker as you would in the original Hop Scotch game, pick up the marker and toss it again on the Hop Scotch.
As they hop to the end of the Hop Scotch, the next step is to add the first and second numbers together. Then start again.
You can do this with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Based on the child’s math skills, use single digit or double digit numbers. Throughout the game, you can change the numbers and change the math skills.
You can even assign a different operation to each child! For instance child #1 may be told to add the numbers together. Child #2 may be asked to multiply the numbers together. In this way, Hopscoth Math is ideal for homeschool groups.
The best part of this game is that it is so much fun, you forget you are doing school work!