Dice games always seem to be a hit with kiddos, no matter their age. Add in some play dough and flowers, and this spring math game for kids is sure to a crowd pleaser.
Originally a contributor post for B-Inspired Mama
A colorful math game for kids to welcome spring
How to Play
1. Give each player a terra cotta pot and some play dough to act as a base for the flowers.
2. Hand out flowers to each player, ensuring that everyone has the same amount. We started with 12 each.
3. Player one rolls his die, then adds the appropriate number of flowers to his flower pot.
4. Player two does the same, rolling her die and adding flowers to her ceramic pot.
5. Play continues until one person has “planted” all of her flowers.
6. Challenge each other to another game, or just have fun creating with the play dough and flowers!
Other Ways to Play
There are so many ways to change up how this game is set up and played! Here are just a few ideas:
- Have each player use two dice instead of one. This would allow the kiddos to work on their addition skills.
- Incorporate a scented oil (lavender or rose) to the play dough for a different sensory experience.
- Knead seeds into the dough for a different texture.
- Play with real flowers instead of fake.
- Create number cards to use instead of dice. This would let the kids work on their numeral recognition and one-to-one correspondence skills in a different way.
Learning with a flower math game for kids
This is a very simple game, but so much learning can take place with “simple” activities! Here are a few skills touched on:
- Pattern recognition
- Turn taking
- One-to-one correspondence
- Fine motor skills
Do you have another math game for kids to recommend? Any favorites that you play at home or at school?
Originally published on March 4, 2014
Preschool Flower Lesson Plans
Save time and get right to the playful learning with our printable lesson plan sets. Each set includes over 30 playful learning activities related to the theme, and we’ve provided different versions for home preschool families and classroom teachers so all activities are geared directly toward your needs.
More spring ideas for the kids
Flower Garden Play Dough from Fantastic Fun and Learning
Art for Kids: Invitation to Create with Spring Colors from Buggy and Buddy
Homemade Puffy Paint Recipe with Flower Sun Catchers from Nothing if Not Intentional