## Wednesday, 23 May 2012

### How to Learn Math Through Play

Instructions

1. Make a list of the concepts, such as subtraction or addition, that you want to teach through play.
2. Devise a game that can teach the concepts. For example, if your lesson involves addition and subtraction, you could create a game that involves purchasing items at a store and then deciding on the correct amount to pay the cashier.
3. Organize the elements of the game. If you are creating an imaginary store, make a list of the items you will sell and the corresponding prices. You may choose to sell erasers for 50 cents, pencils for \$1 and pens for \$2. Also, have some play money that the children can use.
4. Explain the interactive game, along with the rules. For example, tell the children that they are in a store. One child is the cashier, and the others are the shoppers. The shoppers can purchase a minimum of two or a maximum of four items. The shoppers can pay in \$5 increments. When they hand \$5 to the cashier, along with the items they're purchasing, the cashier must hand back their change.
5. Allow the students to play this game independently for a certain period of time, and then have them switch roles. This will enable all of the students to have a turn being the cashier and the shopper.