Learning addition and subtraction with money toys
Children between the ages of 5 and 8 need to learn how to count, add and subtract numbers. Learning how to add and subtract is actually part of the elementary school curriculum. Money toys are great firstly because children enjoy playing with fake money and secondly because these toys encourage them to count change, and to add and subtract numbers as they make the change. Children practice counting and adding / subtracting numbers without realizing it and all while having tons of fun.
Toys such as the Toy Cash Register
are very popular among children because children love to play store and with fake dollar bills and coins. What we like about this toy is how realistic the cash register is and we also like the LCD screen and voice that challenge children with new games. Instead of a toy cash register, you can also get your child a toy abacus
. Ιn ancient times, the abacus was actually the equivalent of the electronic cash register today. With the abacus, children learn to count and they can even learn to add and subtract large numbers when they learn to use the abacus.
Sum Swamp Board Game
There are board games that involve playing with fake money such as the Buy It Right Shopping Game
(you should get the Junior edition). By counting the money and making change, kids practice counting, addition and subtraction. Sum Swamp
(ages 4 and up) is another fun board game that teaches children subtraction and addition and the difference between odd and even numbers. The game is about trying to escape the mire by rolling a dice.
Depending on the number they get and on which square they land, players move their way forward or backward by either adding or subtracting numbers. There are also shortcuts provided (such as "The Crocodile Shortcut") and traps (such as "the Endless Loop") which add excitement to the game. Sum Swamp is a great board game for a child struggling with numbers or willing to improve on his or her math skills. Actually teachers have also been using this game in the classroom in order to teach their students addition and subtraction without getting them bored!
There are math activities that you can organize at home that are fun and that can teach children addition and subtraction. Smart-kid-educational-games.com has a list of math activities that you can see at: fun math activities
. For addition and subtraction practice, we recommend Math Race. You can download and print the game for free by clicking here
Make sure you also print out our free addition and subtraction tables here
. They are good to use if your child plays any of these games.
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