Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Cool New Math Toy!!

Hi there bloggy-land!

I hope today was awesome for you.
Mine was awesome because my kids are still falling right into our classroom routines.  After 4 weeks of working hard, we are starting to find our stride in our classroom!  Bonds are forming, friends are being made and learning is happening--I call that a TOTAL success!! 

I wanted to share a cool new toy I recently received in the mail!  
I arrived home to find this at my doorstep.
As a teacher, when you see this box, you get that "excited feeling" all over don't you??
I know I do!!

I opened it up to find my newest activity to add my stockpile of games- it's called a Magnetic Math Board!  
This is what the nice and sturdy game board looks like.  I love that it's so nicely made and it's pretty indestructible--which is what I need for my rough little kinders!!  And check out how all of the gems are contained inside the board---no more lost pieces!! Can I get an AMEN???  Lost game pieces are the death of me in my classroom! I'm either spending time searching for lost pieces or spending time collecting lost pieces that I find around my room.  I love that no matter what my kids do to this game board, I will NOT find gems floating around my room!! :) 
Included with the board are 15 double sided game cards.  This is just what I needed for my kiddos so that there are plenty of cards to keep them working.  There is nothing worse than having a great game and not enough cards or to keep them busy for a while!  That won't be a problem here.  With over 30 different problems to complete, it is sure to keep the kids busy for a while!
It's easy for the kids to use.
They simply slide their chosen card into the side of the wooden game board.  They just have to learn that all of the gems need to be in the bottom holding part so that the card slides in easily. 
They then use the yellow magnetic wand to move the gems into each white circle.  
Once they fill the left side in completely, they use the wand again to move the subtracted pieces over to the right hand side.  
And it will look something like this!
I also love that it's so easy to differentiate for your students!  It comes with addition and subtraction cards.  There are easy cards to choose from....
and harder ones too! Students can choose how much they are ready to do!!  It's great for fostering a little independence too!
I'm just so happy to have this game to add to my math stations!! I know my kids will love it!

Click here to check it out on Lakeshore's website!

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