Easter is an exciting time for young children. But the good thing is that you can use that excitement to help kids develop their instructional math skills. Turning basic math into Easter math makes math considerably, far more exciting. You should utilize Easter math games or Easter Brain Teasers and the kids will beg you for more.
Here are several ways that you use Easter math in the classroom or at home.
Here is a simple Easter math game that you can use to practice any basic math skill. You start by selecting a start line and a finish line. Next two children compete to jump from the start to the finish by taking two bunny hops every time they answer a question correctly. You can use any questions that help kids to practice the skill that you want. For example you could ask '6 times 8', 'half of 34' or 'What is the number before 87'? The first child to answer correctly takes two jumps and the first one to reach the finish line is the winner.
You may know the old favorite counting game Buzz. Yet are you aware that you can actually convert that straight into an Easter math game by replacing the word 'Buzz' with an Easter word. Try using 'Bunny' or 'Easter Egg' alternatively. The kids sit in a circle and count around a circle but replace the number 7, each multiple of 7 and every number containing a 7 digit with the word 'Bunny'. If a child says the number instead of saying 'Bunny' they are out.
This is a challenging game that requires concentration and a good knowledge of multiples. You can also try playing it with other digits instead of 7. For example, you could use 5 or 10 for an easier version or use 8 or 9 to make a more challenging version.
Brain teasers are a great way to get kids thinking math. Many number problems can also be made a lot more interesting by using Easter as a theme for the problem. Here are a few that you can start with.
The Easter Bunny has 15 Easter Eggs in a Basket. He gives our 3 then collects 7 more then gives 6 children 2 eggs each. How many eggs in the basket now?
You can easily modify the numbers in this one and then have a completely new problem to present.
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