I often talk about how important I feel good reading is for a child’s development. But really, good math skills are just as essential. People tend not to realize just how much math is present in our everyday lives, but whether we’re managing the family budget or dividing a pizza, math is everywhere. And the more a child understand about numbers and the ways they can be used, the better they can understand the world around them.
I recently got the chance to review a unique set of math games called Carlito C. Caterpillar’s MathHouse Game Card Set. This collection of 40 math game cards on a convenient metal ring was designed to help preschool to early elementary school children develop their math skills through sensory learning. I was very excited to see what Zackary thought of some of the games.
The first game we played was Hungry Lion. The cards each feature instructions about how to play the games as well as information about which skills are learned. Hungry Lion taught the concept of more and less, including the use of the greater than and less than symbols. I simply took two plates and put different amounts of a food on each plate. Zackary then opened his mouth and faced the plate that had more, essentially making the > symbol with his mouth. I loved the way the game used the analogy of an open mouth looking for the most food to explain the concept.
I also played a game of Alike or Not with Benjamin and I was so impressed by how quickly he grasped the concept of matching. Like most of the games in the collection, it used items from around the house as props, namely, socks. Benjamin quickly caught onto the idea of the game and I loved the fact that this fun matching game was building some fundamental mathematical skills!
Overall, Carlito C. Caterpillar’s MathHouse Game Card Set was a great way not just to increase my sons’ math skills but also to see how much they already knew. Zackary has a very good grasp of numbers and it was so much fun to work with him on some of the other basic math concepts such as addition and subtraction. If you’re looking for a fun way to introduce your child to the world of math, this engaging set of games is a great way to start. It’s a fun, easy and low-pressure way to learn about mathematics!
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