# Number Game

The number game is one of the fun math games for kids.

#### Before the Fun

Ages: 2 - 5
Need deck of cards

## Play

Remove 10 cards from the deck - one of each: Ace, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine and ten.

Tell your child the ace is one.

Shuffle the ten cards, then put them in a face down pile by your child on the table or floor.

Have him pick one card at a time and then put them in numerical order 1 to 10.

Once the cards are in order, mix them up again and this time play backwards, 10 to 1.

Then pull another set of cards numbered 1 through 10 out of the pile.

Mix them up, turn them over so they are face up and have your child pick pairs of each card from 1 to 10.

Then go back and get 3 cards of the same number and have him repeat this.

Once he does this, you can use all 4 cards with the same number on and have him match all of these up.

You can also use the smaller numbers as math problems. Give him two "one" cards and ask him how many that is.

Then give him two "two" cards and ask what two plus two is. You can go up as high as your child is able to count.

Have fun with the number game!

# Pasta Game

#### Pre-Show

Ages: 2 - 5
Need different types of pasta, small plastic cups

## Go!

Good pastas to use are penne, macaroni, rigatoni, and spirals.

Put 4 plastic cups on the table by your child. Put one piece of a different pasta in each cup.

Place the 4 different pastas in a bowl and set this on the table by your child.

Have your child go through the bowl and match the pastas in the bowl to the pieces in each cup.

Once your child has 4 cups full of different pastas, mix these into the bowl, boil some water, and enjoy your dinner!

Let your child watch the pasta as it cooks to see how it goes from hard to being soft and ready to be eaten!

You can also buy the bag with different colors of pasta and have your child go through the bag and match up the colors of pasta.

She can separate these into as many different cups as there are colors.

Once again, when she's done, put them in some boiling water, and you'll have supper!

If the colored pasta has different shapes, your child can sort first by shapes and then by color.

Make learning fun by letting your child participate in activities that also let her help you with something around the house.

She'll learn she can have fun, learn and do something good for the whole family - like help make dinner!