Friday, August 21, 2009

Joey-Joey Math Game

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If you can over look my bad photo you might enjoy the new math game we've come up with. While thinking of a few new ways to continue reviewing our addition facts. The idea here is that now that the kids know how to add single digits together to get them moving a wee bit quicker on them. I'm not into "kill & drill", but I do appreciate the need to know the answers to math facts quickly. However, I'm of the mind (good or bad) that they'll get quicker the more they use the facts. With that idea in mind I wanted a way to drill them that wouldn't bore us to tears or cause fits which will, of course, lead to tears. In simple it had to be fun and creative but encourage their speed. I opted to make up a game called Joey-Joey which gives it a nice Australian theme as well.. I took a regular sized Pringles can (because I didn't have a mini) and I cut it down to about the size of a mini can. Then I took a piece of brown scrapbooking paper and wrapped it around the can. To keep it in place, I used a glue stick on the can and a piece of tape on the seam. From there I took a kangaroo pattern from Danielle's Place (because I was short on time and hers was adorably cute!) and printed it out on tan scrapbooking paper. Then I glued the roo onto my can, and put her pocket on the front.


Next I typed up some math facts on slips of paper roughly the size of a fortune cookie slip. I put a picture of a roo on SOME of the math facts (about 12 of 24-30 that I made). I mixed it all up and threw them in the can math fact side down. I called the kids in and we played away..


Then I set the timer for 3 minutes. I told them that they needed to pull a card from the tin and answer the math fact. If they weren't sure we'd help them figure it out. The idea was to have the the most cards by the end of the game. Then I showed them a math fact card with a roo on it, and I told them that it was really a joey (baby roo), and that each time they pulled out a math fact with a joey on it they could say, "Joey-Joey!" Everyone else would have to give them all their cards. I'll be 100% honest with you, my six year old spilled tears over having to hand over his joey, but he recouped pretty quickly.


We play until the timer dings and then we count up the matches. Really and truly it's the quickest three minute game ever! We played several rounds of it on Wednesday because the time flew by so quickly. Right now I've only got doubles, 1's, 2's, 10's, and some 3's facts in the tin. I took the oppertunity to remind Morgan and explain to Jayden that when we add 10 to a number we simply say the number plus teen (ie 3 + teen = 13). We also reviewed the fact that all doubles facts answers can be found by counting by 2's.


We were all smiles by the end of the game, and even though you can't see it he's celebrating in the above picture. He might have lost his little joey at the start of the game, but with 2 seconds to go he plucked another joey from the tin, answered the math fact correctly and left the rest of us high and dry! I'm really loving that this game is quick and simple but effective for review. I'm thinking that I may stick 1-2 family facts in the tin at a time and use them for a weeks review. Those facts may be moved to the math journals for review and we'll put new fact families in our tin. I'd like to start explaining basic multiplication to Morgan, but I think having him a wee bit more grounded in addition first would be wise, and I think this game may do that for us.


A few side notes: You can make a kangaroo, or a turkey, or a bear or anything that truly strikes your fancy. You could just use a small box and find a shape or something to put on your math facts to signify the "winning all the cards". I chose the name and animal based on where we live. The pattern I used is in the Members Only section of Dainelle's place, so if you're not a member you may not be able to view it. However, you could do a basic google search for a pattern of the animal you choose to use. Before covering your can in paper check that the depth is right, mine could use to be a pinch shorter for adults hands to get in and out of quickly and easily! Keep it fun and simple, you can easily drill with math sheets..

12 comments:

SC said...

What a great game! You could use it for anything. We'll be rowing Katy No Pocket and I think I'll use your idea for something with my preschooler. Thanks for sharing:)

Dana Maize said...

I just popped over to your blog today, and I love the ideas you share! I think I saw your link on Blog She Wrote, maybe? Anyway, wanted to say hi and great job with your blog. Happy schooling! ;)

Kendra said...

I did think of it as being a great tie in for Katie No Pocket! ; )

Thanks Dana :)

Kylie said...

Great idea Kendra, thanks for sharing. :)

Lori C., Texas said...

LOVE IT!!

Rachel NC from HSS said...

Fabulous! We are in serious need of learning math facts and this is a super way to practice. I think we will make a Christmas-themed one for December and maybe a Princess one (I have a 6 yo dd)for other times of the year. Maybe we'll call our Christmas one "Silver Bells" or "Jingle Bells". Oh I am excited! Thanks for such great ideas!!

Kendra said...

Very clever Rachel! I'm actually looking at a a giveaway for two of the Joey-Joey games in the very near future! ;)

Mom Guide said...

Where oh where did you get that great shirt "Super Homeschool Student"?

Kendra said...

I got the shirt through an annual sale! :D I love it

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