I put together a simple math game that can either be done as an individual or group activity. You will need to have two bowls or containers for each child play the game at the same time.
You will also need to have jingle bells (I purchased mine at Michaels craft store) ... a dice to roll ... and jumbo tweezers (optional).
The game begins with all of the jingle bells in one bowl. The amount of jingle bells you put in is up to you. I used around thirty but you can use more or less. A child rolls the dice and then has to move the same number of jingle bells to the empty bowl.
The child would then roll the dice again and transfer more jingle bells over to the second bowl. Play continues until all of the bells have been moved. We did it so the the bells had to match the number on the dice to end the game. For example if the child rolled a two but they had one bell left they had to wait until they rolled a one.
If you were doing this as a group game the children would each have their own bowls (one with jingle bells and one empty). They would take turns rolling the dice and the first one to move all of their jingle bells wins. Not only is this a great game for math but also for fine motor development. If you did not have jingle bells you could substitute pom poms. Please remember to use supervision with children three and under as the jingle bells are small objects that some children might want put in their mouths.
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