## Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I noticed a few weeks ago that Aikman was having trouble counting, if I designated the number which he was supposed to start. So, I came up with an activity for him, using a regular die and some "Hands-On Equation" dice.

For those who are not familiar with "Hands-On Equation" dice, the red die is numbers 0 to 5, while the green one is numbered 5-10.

For our activity, Aikman had to choose one colored die --either red or green -- to roll, along with the regular die. He would read the number on the colored die, and then continue counting the dots on the second die.
For instance, if he rolled a 2 on the red die, and then rolled 4 dots on the 2nd die, he would say 2, and then continue counting the dots -- 3, 4, 5, 6. Afterwards, he would then find the card that corresponded to the number.
If one uses the green die, the child practices counting in the teens. This has been great practice with my son identifying the number cards necessary to make these numbers -- and he's FINALLY getting it.
I ended up making a worksheet for him to record his answers. The first column was to write the number on the colored die. He drew the dots for the second column. The third column was for recording the number to which he counted. (I love the photo above, as Aikman decided he wanted to draw the outline for the number 10.... ahhh, my artsy little one!)

I also like that the red die can land on zero, which reinforces that 0 comes before 1 when counting.

Another great use for these dice is for identification of 2-digit numbers.

Sandra said...

Great idea! I'll mark this for later. Thanks for sharing!

Joyful Learner said...

This is wonderful! I've introduced the concept of catching the first number and counting up from there but the red and green dice is much more visual. I need to go through my dice collection to see if I own any dice like that. I also love the funny face picture of your son. K used to make funny faces whenever I took pictures too so it's bringing back memories. Thanks for linking and sharing your ideas!

Kristalyn said...

loved this! so glad I have found your site. I even credited you today on my blog for the idea when we tried it today for a penguin game. my 5 yr picked it up and it's a skill i never would have thought to teach him.

Raising a Happy Child said...

What a great idea! I have to see if we have equation dice, but it could be done with other numeric dice we have as well. Thanks!