“Victor Vampire was planning his birthday party. He needed enough food for himself and his three friends, Roger Werewolf, Gloria Ghost, and Zee Dee Zombie. Victor wanted everyone at the party to have three eyeballs for appetizers. Can you draw three eyeballs next to each guest and tell Victor how many eyeballs to buy at the Ghoul Grocery Store?”
And so goes a great math game from Peggy Kaye’s book, “Games for Math“. It’s marvelous because it teaches adding along with the basics for multiplication and division all while having fun. My children loved these number stories today, and we spent a lot of time (perhaps more than we should have) doing them. They loved the story of Victor’s Vampire Birthday and we also did one about six martians coming to earth.
To play: Start out with some characters, like above with Victor and his ghoulish friends. In this case there are four characters. Then you have the children draw three eyeballs per guy and then add them up to get a total. The story in the book continued on with five glasses of blood cocktails each. It got tricky when Victor had sixteen candy-coated monkey guts to divide equally among himself and his friends. In this case they drew out the sixteen monkey guts (little squiggles), and then one by one drew a line from each gut to each guy until they were all “given” out. Then they counted how many each of them got and came to the answer of four.
They enjoyed it so much that I’m sure we’ll be doing it again soon.
It is funny, though. Playing this game just showed me (yet again) how different my children are from each other. Ds was content to quickly sketch out his characters and “treats” while Dd took…her…time…drawing…in…every…detail. Sheesh. I have to remind myself to not rush her along. That’s why I chose to homeschool so that they COULD be individuals, but it doesn’t mean it’s not challenging. Today wasn’t so bad because we were all in a great mood and doing something fun, but when she takes 15 minutes to write out one or two sentences it can wear on a person. Ah well. I love that she is so creative. Today was a great homeschooling day. 😀