Thursday, September 01, 2016

Simple Math Activity for Kids Using Magna-Tiles

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Math and Magna-Tiles are two things that never get old at our house.

So we've paired the two together again for this simple elementary math activity for kids that allows the kids to build their own math equations and solve them!

Not only is it simple, but it is flexible and open ended. The kids can create any equations that fit their needs and skills while working on fine motor skills.

Simple elementary math activity for kids: building & practicing math equations using Magna-Tiles from And Next Comes L

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Math Activity for Kids Using Magna-Tiles

For this math activity, we used:

I labeled a bunch of Magna-Tiles with the numbers 0-9 (I did two full sets), as well as a plus sign and equals sign. You could add in other operations like subtraction, multiplication, or division, if you'd like.

Then I encouraged the boys to make up some math equations by attaching numbers together. Of course, this activity would be a hit with J due to his hypernumeracy, but the open ended natural of this activity allowed him to make equations that suited his skills. However, K gave him quite a few simple problems for J to solve as well.

J started off with making one lined equations (I'm sure there's a proper mathematical term for that, but I'm not a teacher so I haven't a clue what it would be called!).

Math activity for kids using Magna-Tiles from And Next Comes L

Then he tried the other way where you line up the ones and tens columns.

Math activity for kids using Magna-Tiles from And Next Comes L

Building math equations using Magna-Tiles from And Next Comes L

Building math equations using Magna-Tiles from And Next Comes L

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