Paper Plate Math & Alphabet Game
Teaching kids can be challenging, especially finding a way to keep it interesting for the little ones. My kids love anything they can do that is hands on, so I made a game for each using just some paper plates and a brad. The same idea can be used to make any type of fun educational game.
How we did it:
- paper plate (the bigger the better)
To make the game, you can have kids help out in the process, or you can do what I did and make it yourself and just let your kids play with it when you are done.
You will need 3 plates for each game that you make. Leave one full size, trim the rim off another and cut a little chunk out of the side, and then cut the third plate smaller than the second.
For my math-obsessed five-year-old, I made the math game. To do that, I wrote "problems" on the smallest center piece. Then I wrote all the answers on the larger plate. I mixed up the order to make it a little more challenging.
Then you will stack the plate pieces from the smallest to the largest. Poke a hole in the center and put a brad to secure the plates together. Then spin the top plate to the problem you want to solve and spin the middle plate to find the answer.
Since math is a bit advanced for my three-year-old, I made her an alphabet game for her to match lowercase and uppercase letters. I wrote the lowercase letters on the smaller piece in the right order then for the uppercase I mixed up the order to make it more challenging.
Now it's time to have fun! My five-year-old, especially, loved his game. As you can see, he used every tool available to him to solve the problems...
Then spun the plate quickly to find the answer. He loved it!
My three-year-old loved matching up the letters in the alphabet. She would cheer every time she matched them right. Both kids loved playing and learning at the same time.