Patterns are an important mathematical concept. Kids need to have practice in recognizing basic shapes and colors so that they can get practice in identifying patterns in numbers, tables, and graphs in more advanced math. With a few simple manipulatives, your kids can be having a great time getting their hands engaged in pattern making.
I'm focusing on Math this week in my 31+ Days of Hands-On Learning Stations series, and today is all about playing with patterns.
Fractions & Legos
Legos are an excellent tool for learning fractions. You can stack them to show parts of a whole, or count the dots on the top. Here are some great resources for teaching fractions with Legos:
- Fraction activities for Preschoolers - use quarto blocks for little hands
- Fractions show a piece of a whole - Dyan uses a wet erase marker to help visualize the fractions on the Legos.
- Lego Fractions Games for Kids - kids will have fun setting up this fraction game!
- Activities for Teaching Fractions with Legos - simple ideas for introducing fractions to young ones.
Hands-On Learning with Fraction Games
- Boost the difficulty with Four and More: Mixed Operations with Fractions activity. Use playing cards to add, subtract, multiply and divide fractions.
- Bump Up The Fun With Fractions! This cute game works for two or more players and has the option of adding fractions with the same denominator, or fractions with different denominators.
Equivalent Fractions Missing Numerator Board Game - Use Lego minifigures to travel along the game board as you solve the missing numerator.
- Fraction Fiasco - Adding and subtracting fractions with common denominators.
Toys and Games Involving Fractions
- Fraction Formula Game - Race to make one whole in this 3D clear tube. The game doubles as a math manipulative in further studies.
- Pizza Fraction Fun - Seven different ways to play, along with varying options for challenges.
- Fraction City Game - Grades 5 and up will enjoy this adventurous game with adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. If you want your kids fluent in combining fractions, give them a game like this!
Tons of Ideas
- Pizza Fraction Printable - a great tool for identifying fractions
- Free Fraction Strips - to cut and compare
- 15 Ways to Learn Fractions - from play dough, to cards, to food, there are some excellent ideas here!
- Hands on Fractions - So many cute ideas here. I love the pipe cleaner fractions and pattern block fractions.
- Books About Fractions - Some really cute fraction books to add to your fraction learning hands-on station.
- Fraction Anchor Chart and Fraction Freebies - There is an awesome reference sheet here, along with amazing ideas for play dough and fraction play.
- Matching Fractions - I love this different way of looking at fractions. She's using volume of water in clear glasses to compare fractions.
- How about Musical Fractions? Write music and play with fractions. Kids will love this!
- Simplifying Fractions Activity - An exciting resource that's free and tasty (skittles not included)!
- Fractions on a Number Line - This adorable clothes line fraction craft will keep kids busy while they learn about fractions.
- Froggy Fractions - Another adorable fraction practice printable. Who doesn't like frogs?
- Make Fraction Flowers with this cute printable and cheap paper plates.
- Include fraction learning with lunch with Math Fractions at Lunch.
How do your kids enjoy playing with fractions?
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Betsy Strauss is an unexpected homeschooler, mother of three, who is in a relationship with a sweet man for life. She loves reading books, drinking coffee, and learning anything with her kids.