Category: Math Printables

{Little Mathematicians} Roll and Park (cars, trains, trucks, etc)

One of the things that I have grown to love about homeschooling is the ability to take any curriculum and relate it to my boys interest.  It makes the learning more meaningful and interesting.

Number/Word Recognition Activities:

This week Thing 1 worked on number/word recognition with a game that involved using trains.  I created two boards, one with the words for the numbers 0-5 and the second with the words for the numbers 5-10.

For basic practice, have the student roll the die (provided) and park their train (car, truck, horse, animal, rock, etc.).

To add an element of competition, print out one board per person.  Take turns rolling the die.  The person to fill their board first wins.

We were doing the game, I just forgot to print out two boards, so we shared.  I am the rocks and he is the trains.

The printables for the Parking Spot Game are {HERE}.

The second activity is a simple memory game, where you match the numeral with the corresponding word.

The printables for the Memory Game are {HERE}.

Counting and numeral recognition:

I also created a version of this game for Thing 2.  He practiced counting the 1-6 and identifying the corresponding number.  The boards I created for him has the numbers 1-6 printed in the parking spots.  I had him roll a die, count the dots, and then park his car in the correct spot.

The printables for the counting/numeral recogniton are {HERE}.

{Free} Printables Linky Party

With all of the changes I have made to both Thing 1 and Thing 2’s curricula, I have started making a few more printables again so that I can tailor the curriculum to their individual interest.

This week was the first week using Thing 1’s new math curriculum.  This is the third curriculum we have used.  This week we spent some time matching the numbers 0-10 to the corresponding words.  Thing 1 loves trains, so this week I revamp an old engine shed game into a practice activity and game.  The activity was divided into two parts; the numbers 0-5 and 5-10.  To practice the number/word recognition, you roll the die (provided) and then have your child park their car, train, truck, whatever on the correct spot.  For the game, two or more people take turns rolling the die.  The first person to fill their board wins.  Both games were big hits with Thing 1.  You can read a little more about the activities {HERE}.  You can download the printables {HERE}.

The second activity is a simple number/word matching game.  You can read a little more about the activities {HERE}.  You can download the printables {HERE}.

This week I continued reviewing the alphabet with Thing 2.  We worked on the Yummy Letter B.  Thing 2 is really enjoying helping me in the kitchen with the different recipes we have been making.  You can read more about his week {HERE}.

Each download includes:
Pre Write Practice
Writing Practice
Letter Maze
Poking Page
Patterns (AB and ABB)
Roll and Graph
Cutting Page
Color and Cutting Page

Get the download {HERE}.

The blog post dedicated to Thing 2’s week contains the blueberry muffin recipe as well as a few other activities we did that relate to our letter B week.

I also made a version of the parking game for Thing 2.  Using a regular die (provide.) Have your child roll the die and count the dots.  Then he parked his car on the corresponding number.  Thing 2 enjoyed his version of the game and used a car, instead of a train.

You can get the download of the roll and park game {HERE}.

What have you created this week? It’s your turn to share.

Now it’s your turn, what have you created this week?

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Let’s get this party started!


    {Fun @ 4} New Math Curriculum

    Thing 1 had another great week.


    For handwriting practice I have started to get Thing 1’s input on what he wants to write.  So as part of his school day I have him dictate a sentence to me.  Then I take the sentence and use the ABC box font and type the sentence for him and leave space for him to illustrate the sentence.  The next day, I give that sheet of paper to him to use for handwriting practice and to draw a picture to go with the sentence.  At the end of the week we put those pages together to make a book.


    We began using All About Reading Level 1, this week.  I started Thing 1 on lesson 16, because this is the where he needed to start.  We have been reading all of the stories that come before lesson 16 and he hasn’t had any issues.


    This week I started using Singapore Math 1A with Thing 1.  Saxon Math 1 is a great curriculum, but it just was not working for us.  It was taking longer than it need teach a concept, which was frustrating to me and to Thing 1. He seems to be more mathematically inclined, so we needed something that was going to challenge him a little more. Also, because of the way Saxon is so structured, it did not allow me the freedom to make it the lessons relevant to Thing 1.

    Thing 1 and I both had some fun this week with our math lessons.  The first was a new version of the engine shed game I had made for Thing 1 way back last year.  We played a game where we took turns rolling the dice and then parking our train on the word that went with the number that was rolled.  The first person to park all of their trains won.  Thing 1 won, which made him super excited.

    We also played a number/word matching game.

    You can download the Engine Shed Game {HERE}.
    You can download the number/word matching {HERE}.

    What have you done with your 4 year old this week?


    {Little Mathematicians} Trains Roll and Graph

    Thing 1 is obsessed with trains.  Part of the Saxon 1 math curriculum we are loosely following called for graphing one day this week.  One of my favorite aspects of homeschooling is being able to adapt the material to my sons’ interests.  So instead of graphing the hair color in our household, which wouldn’t be a very fun graph, I created a roll and graph activity for Thing 1.  He LOVED it.  He actually asked me if I could print him off another one so that he could have the different colored trains “race” again.

    This activity let’s him practice his graphing and counting.  It also allowed us to talk about ordinal numbers as well as what a “tie” is when it comes to competition.

    HERE is a copy of the printables I made.  It includes the graph, a paper die to put together or pictures that can be used in a photo cube.

    Here are a few other math ideas that go with a train theme.

    Train Math Activities

    Now it is your turn to share your fun math activities.

    1. Please link directly to your specific blog posts. That way we can easily find your idea.
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      Pumpkin Surprise and More

      As part of Cameron Class this week the boys and I are doing some fall related activities.  This morning we began our week by dissecting some gourds and pumpkins. 

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      Before we cut into each pumpkin or gourd, I had the boys makes some observations, which I turned into a bubble map. 

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      I then would cut each pumpkin or gourd in half so that the boys could explore the inside.  Thing 3 was even able to participate in this.

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      When we finished making observations and filling in our bubble map, I had the boys write/draw in their journals some of their observations.  I also had Thing 1 pick one of the observations that we made and write that sentence in his journal.  This was the easiest time I have had getting Thing 1 to do any sort of handwriting practice.  He was actually excited to do it.

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      We then finished up with the “what’s inside a pumpkin” craft that has been floating around Pinterest

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      Totally 3:

      This afternoon, I worked with Thing 2 on the letter H and counting.  After a little bit of pre write practice, I had Thing 2 match the correct number of clothespins to the correct witches hat {file HERE}  (covers letter H, hat and Halloween.)  I was pleasantly surprised how quickly he caught on to the activity.

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      After a few other activities I also had him glue the letter H and h onto a piece of paper.  The goal was to make a hat, but Thing 2 wasn’t having it.  Oh well.  At least we practiced he letter H.

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      Fun @ 4:

      After Thing 1 did his handwriting this morning during our pumpkin fun, I should have just left well enough alone because Thing 1 wasn’t feeling the whole handwriting thing.  So we quickly moved through that and onto math.

      I had created a train picture using the hundreds chart ( File HERE ).  I would call out the numbers and have Thing 1 color the squares.  He wasn’t so sure about it at first, but he quickly got into the activity.  This was also the first time he had ever seen the chart or even seen most of the numbers about 20.  I was surprised how quickly he picked it.  By the time he was finished he was really excited about the activity and wanted to do more.

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      After the chart we worked with our sight words and –ap family words.  Then we finished the day by making some pumpkin spice play dough.  I have no idea why I waited so long to make our own play dough.  It smelled yummy. 

      What was your school day like?  What is your favorite play dough recipe?




      Fun at 4! {Week 1}

      Welcome to Fun at 4, my new weekly post, where I share the weeks objectives for Thing 1, my four year old.  Since I have had to rework my game plan for the year for Thing 1 and he now has a curriculum just for him, I thought I would share our objectives each week in a post just about what my four year old is going to do.  Thus, Fun at 4 was born. 

      My goal for working with Thing 1 is to keep it fun and hands on.  I want to stay away from worksheets as much as possible.  Many of the objectives I list I will cover in some activity that I make up.  Therefore, there won’t be any details provided in this post.  I will post the activities once we try them out, so be on the look out during the week.  However, if it has a printable or is something that I am using from somewhere else, I will add the link.

      I hope you enjoy!

      Fun at 4 (fill size)

      Fun at 4 {Week 1}


      • 0-10 BINGO Game – {Printable HERE}
      • Counting backwards – (details to come)
      • Grouping – (details to come)
      • Shapes – Shape Hunt inside and outside of our house.
      • Making Sets – (details to come)


      Sight Words : a, and, see, the, can, I , me, you  {Sight Word Train HERE}

      • Play with Sight Word Train 
      • You Can Read Unit 1
      • You Can Read Unit 2
      • Sight Word BINGO

      -at family words

      Handwriting and Arts/Crafts:

      To begin the year, we are going to review a letter a day.  This week we are going to cover the letters A, B, C, D, E.  We will be using the handwriting practice pages from Confessions of a  Homeschooler.  This weeks arts/crafts will relate the letter of the day.

      • A – Apples
      • B – Beans
      • C – Cat
      • D – Dinosaurs
      • E – Elephants

      I also have several other games/activities planned.  As we do them, I will share.

      I am sure there are a few things I have forgot, but this is the basics. 


      What are you doing with your 4 year old this week?


      Mommy Cameron

      Train Math Activities

      Thing 1 is obsessed with trains.  On a daily basis you can find him playing trains, begging you to play trains, drawing trains, begging you to draw trains or reading about trains.  With this weeks theme being transportation, I knew we would  have a day with trains.  Since we are doing kind of an off week as I restructure our home school, I am focusing more on the fun activities as opposed to some of the other things that are not as much fun (like handwriting). 

      Today we did two math train activities.  We did both of these activities using our wooden Thomas the Tank Engine trains, but you could use paper trains or even cars.

      Engine Shed Game


      numbered parking spaces {HERE}
      I die {6 sided or 12 sided}

      To Play:

      We used the 12 sided die, so I would roll the die and call out the number.  He would drive his car to the appropriate numbered engine shed.

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      If you are using a 6 sided die that only has dots (not numerals) then you can let your kiddo roll the die, count the dots, then park his train.  {This was going to be my plan with Thing 2, but he took a much needed nap today.}

      You could also turn this into an addition activity by using multiple dice and changing the numbers on the board accordingly.

      Making Trains


      at least one 6 sided die
      trains (or cars)

      To Play:

      Take turns rolling the die.  The number that you roll corresponds to the number of “coaches” (trains) that you get to add to your train.  At the end of 6 rounds.  You add up the total number of trains to see who has the longest train.

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      This game was a big hit.  What made it even better is that it introduced several math concepts.  The first was one to one correspondence, in counting the dots on the die as well as at the end when we counted all the trains.  Secondly, it introduced the idea of addition.  Lastly, we talked about measurement, because some trains are longer than other trains, so you couldn’t just look at the trains to see who won, you had to count. 

      We played this game several times and we probably would have played a little more, but after I beat Thing 1 for the third time, he was done and just wanted to play. 

      Can you think of any other variations to these games?

      I linked up at: