Problem Solving Skills
Children should be encouraged to make predictions e.g. in game 1 to determine which way around the board to move. Make up word stories to fit the equation in game 4. Encourage children to make up their own word stories. Write an equation to fit each circle in game 5 - can you write an addition and a subtraction equation?
These games are intended to assist children in moving from counting to solving addition and subtraction problems by using known facts, in particular using doubles and 10 + knowledge. Game 2 also uses sequencing to 50.
Children should be encouraged to verbalise their thinking as they play the games to help them formulate the thinking process. Listening to others explaining their thinking helps the listener to consolidate their own thinking.