Wednesday, 21 March 2012

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Having Fun Learning Counting Through Board Games



Age: From 3 to 7 years old

Objectives:
1. Provide a fun and meaningful way to spend time as a family.
2. Provide a fun way to teach Maths and counting

Directions:
1. Spread the cards face down with the dots upwards on the table.
2. You take turn to pick up a card based on the roll of the dice.
3. Look at the number of ladybirds at the back of the card, and count them.
4. Put the card you got aside and repeat step 1 - 3 until the last card is taken.
5. Count and total up the number of ladybirds on your cards at the end of the game. The person with the most number of ladybirds wins.

Additional Information:
Neither Florian nor I played much board games, when we were children. Board game is actually a very good way to develop the children’s concentration skills and attention span, which at the same time, is fun. Thus, I wanted to introduce Joshua to board game at an early age to cultivate his interest for educational board games.

However, it was difficult to find one that is suitable for very young children. I am very selective and would only pick board game with a wholesome and educational value. I was really excited to find this! This is an excellent educational game for 3 years old up. I have also bought an extra set for my niece.

It is a Maths based game that teaches counting, and very easy and fun for young children. In addition, it teaches taking turns and observational skills. What I like best about it is its simplicity. It would be perfect is the dice is bigger in size for 3 year old though.

This was Joshua's first board game. Joshua (3Y19D) tried it this morning for the first time and we had a lot of laughter and fun. It got him to do a lot of counting today. He was counting the dots on the dice, the dots on the cards and the number of ladybirds. We had a lot of laughter and fun, especially when he got the card with zero ladybird on it! This was just the way I want him to remember his first experience with board game - with fun and laughter and not with frustration or boredom. I thank God it went really well!

I bought this game of ladybird board game from Amazon:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Orchard-Toys-009-Game-Ladybirds/dp/B000A42CMA/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top




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