Pirate’s Treasure Chest – Making Math Fun!

Connor is obsessed with two things lately – jewels and math. He begs me to play math games on the iPad with him at night before bed. He also loves jewels. If you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, he will say a spy and a jeweler. I’m pretty sure I’m to blame for the jewels since we are always in the jewelry section at Michael’s.

Pirate's Treasure Chest Math Game

So to help him with his math skills, I thought a pirate themed addition game would be fun. What kid doesn’t want a treasure chest full of coins and jewels to play with? We found the jewels at Michael’s in the dollar section and we already had the gold coins. The treasure chest is one of my favorite things to stock up on when I go to Party City. I love using them as a fun way to wrap birthday gifts.

Pirate Treasure Chest Math Games

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I created these little cards and had them laminated so we could write on them with a dry erase marker. I write a number in each box. Then Connor counts out the number of jewels or coins in the amount shown. For example, the first set we did was 5 + 3 so he sorted out 5 coins and 3 orange jewels. Then he counted the total number and recorded that number in the bottom box.

Pirate's Treasure Chest Math Fun

Connor then started writing numbers in the first two boxes himself and then counted out the jewels and coins to add them together. He even started teaching me how to add numbers together. I loved seeing how confident he was with learning math facts. We sat together for a while writing in numbers and adding jewels and coins together. Connor loved digging through the treasure chest for the jewels and coins and I love that he was having fun while learning.

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And now that Connor thinks he’s a pirate digging for treasure, we’re ready for the release of “The Pirate Fairy.” From the World of “Peter Pan” comes “The Pirate Fairy“, a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina, a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who’s captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. When Zarina’s wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship. Tinker Bell and her friends must embark on an epic adventure to find Zarina, and together they go sword-to-sword with the band of pirates led by a cabin boy named James, who’ll soon be known as Captain Hook himself. With laughter, heart, magic and thrills, “The Pirate Fairy” sets sail on Blu-ray™ and Digital HD on April 1, 2014. Visit Disney Fairies on Facebook for more details on Disney’s “The Pirate Fairy”.

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Matching Game using Gold Coins

Connor and I had so much fun playing our Dr. Seuss matching game with Hershey Kisses that I decided to make a matching game with chocolate gold coins. I think this is perfect for St. Patrick’s day but this game can be used all year long.

Gold Coin Matching Game

I found the chocolate coins for $1.  Instead of using stickers this time, I used words from Connor’s latest sight word list.  I cut out circles the size of the coin and used double sided tape to attach the circle to the coins.  It literally took me about 10 minutes make the game and we were ready to play.

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Connor learned his new words in less than 20 minutes.  And now he has already asked to play it again today.

I think I’m going to get more gold coins and make it a math matching game.  For younger children you can use St. Patrick’s Day stickers or make it a  letter and color matching game.  There are so many ways to make this a fun learning game.  The gold coins are the perfect size for a matching game.  I also found plastic gold coins in the dollar section at Target if you don’t want to give your child chocolate.

We are having a blast playing these memory games together and I love that we can have fun together while learning!

Don’t forget to enter the Gold Giveaway going on this week!  You could win a $300 PayPal gift card.

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Skeleton Scavenger Hunt

Do you love playing games as much as we do?  I especially love scavenger hunts.  In college we always had scavenger hunts around campus and it was always so much fun!  Looking back, I can’t believe some of the crazy things that were on the lists.

Skeleton Scavenger Hunt

Last week I was at The Dollar Store and I found these plastic skeletons.  They had three colors so I bought one of each thinking I could hang them around the house.  Then when I saw how easily the pieces snapped apart, I thought it would be fun to create a scavenger hunt for Connor and his friends on our street.

Snap all the pieces apart and follow the directions below.  (Right click to save and print)

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So much fun!  Connor even had fun playing the game by himself.  I hid the pieces and he found them.  Great way to keep a 5 year old occupied!!

Skeleton Scavenger Hunt

Do you have a favorite Halloween game that you play every year?

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Grocery Store Games

I was so excited to be a guest blogger on Ucreate a few weeks ago.  I shared a grocery shopping activity that can easily be created by you.  As my son has gotten older, taking him grocery shopping has become more and more difficult.  He either wants to get out of the cart and run around or help me shop by throwing everything in the cart.  To keep him occupied, I decided to create a way that he can shop with me and learn at the same time.  I came up with a grocery store activity called Look and See Shop with Me.

There are a couple of different ways to create this activity.  You can copy and paste clipart of different items you generally buy at the grocery store.  I created the two shown above by inserting a table into Microsoft Word and then placing the pictures into each box.  Then I typed the words, saved it as a pdf and had them laminated.
I also used the same pictures to create a collage of pictures, letters, and numbers.  Your child can play I Spy as you grocery shop by looking for the items, letters, and numbers.
A third way to create this activity is to use different store fliers to cut and paste items onto a piece of cardstock.  If you have an older child, they could help you locate and cut items that you usually buy when shopping.  I then typed the words of the item to help with reading skills.
The final step is to have everything laminated so they can be used over and over again. Crayons and dry-erase markers can be used and then easily wiped off.  I punched a whole in the upper left corner of everything and attached ever with a binder ring.  Then I attached a crayon to the ring with string.
I hope you have fun creating your own grocery store activity!  If you would like to start using this activity right away with your child and don’t have time to create your own, you are more than welcome to download the three that I created HERE.  Just take them to your local office supply store and have them laminated.
Now, you can enjoy shopping again while your child learns!
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