Playful Learning with Spielgaben ~ February 2015

Playful Learning with Spielgaben is our monthly post sharing Spielgaben in action!  If you missed the introduction to this series, you can see it here and also see links to our past posts. We were given the Spielgaben set to review and are honored to have them as a blog sponsor.  I will be sharing once a month a detailed post featuring Spielgaben.  You can also see my Learning with Ladybug posts to see what my daughter has done with this learning set!

Playful Learning with Spielgaben February 2015

Lessons We Enjoyed

This month we had more fun with Math Guide 1, Lesson 20. I took a small screen shot of the manual for you so you can see how the lessons are laid out.  They are very easy to follow and help me so much. I keep the user guide on my iPad and we use it for the lessons.  She likes that she can enlarge each step if needed to see exactly how something was built. it’s a nice bonus to a PDF digitally instead of printed!

We made a map together!  I adapted this lesson down to her level, the one in the manual was a bit advanced.  We made each small white piece equal to one mile.

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I let her create the important buildings she wanted.  In addition to creating our home for the center, I gave her some suggestions and asked her to pick the ones we go to the most, or she liked the most.  She chose Pet Store, Aldi, Church, and the Gym. 

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After she chose the blocks to create the buildings, we taped them together.

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We used labels to write names on them.  She also drew something for each one {doors, people, animals, etc.}

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Then we worked together to build “roads” to these places.  I told her how many miles each was from our house and she counted out white circles to represent those miles.

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Tape is our friend.  We taped it all down so she could easily carry it around and show her brothers and Daddy.  She LOVED this lesson!

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Free Play

This is a project she assigned to herself.  It took her a few days to complete, we finished the final part together!

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Mommy Inspired Play

I love finding creative ways to work on basic math skills with Spielgaben pieces.  It’s not hard and she loves anything math related right now!

I used the new balls and rods to create “numbers” and to create a plus sign.  We then wrote the numbers on sticky notes for her to choose from.

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We took turns making problems for each other to solve.

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It was really fun.  She even asked to move on to subtraction problems too!  By that time I had put the camera away, but do have a video here I shared on Instagram!

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Making a top to go along with our OP word family work

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