Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Mailbox Math
One game we have played to or from a walk or bike ride is Mailbox Math. As all the mailboxes in our development are pretty uniform (yuk!), it's easy to turn them into a math lesson. They all have the numbers displayed clearly on at least one side.

Here are some versions of the same game:
1. Stop at the first mailbox with only odd (even) numbers.

2. Stop at the mailbox that adds up to ____(pick a number).

3. Stop at the mailbox that has a "3" in the hundreds (or tens or ones) place.

4. Stop at the mailbox that has a "9" in it and is on the right (or left) side of the street.

5. Stop at the 5th (3rd, 8th) mailbox from the corner.

You get the idea. You could also incorporate letter recognition, phonics and rhyming words into the game, especially if neighbors have their names on their mailboxes. The thing I like best about this game is that kids don't even realize they're doing a learning activity. Enjoy!