Thursday, February 10, 2011

Pop Blocks

We didn't have a lot of time to play school today, but Evan loved the little bit that we did!  I have a bag of a bunch of Math manipulatives in the cabinet and Evan kept seeing them and wanting to get them out.  He thought it was a game.  Since I wanted to review numbers today, I thought it would be perfect to get out a 'Math game' to play. 

We reviewed the number flashcards and did some counting exercises.  In the process he practiced drawing several shapes and we would count them.  His favorite thing to draw right now is Mike (the little green monster off Monsters, Inc - the one with 1 eye.)  Drawing circles ended up drawing Mike.  I didn't get a picture of it before he scribbled all over it, but it really was pretty good! 

We practiced writing the Number 1 and 2 and then got out the Pop Blocks.  I'm sure these have a real, much more official name, but Pop Blocks work for us!  Evan thought they were awesome.  They come in a set of 10 little blocks per color that all pop together.  We played several sequencing games, and then just had fun building different things with them.  Evan first wanted to build a snake, then a train, a house, and we ended with a couple of dogs.  He had so much fun and did not want to put them away.  We had some things we had to go do this evening and the second we got back home and through the door, he was begging to go play school some more.  He just wanted to play with the Pop Blocks!  Who says school has to be boring?!  The Orr Homeschool Adventures sure aren't!  We have a lot of fun, and he doesn't even realize that he is learning a lot!  That's what it's all about.

Evan told me that #1 was his favorite number!

An old egg carton made the perfect base for our game.
Evan had fun making snakes and would have them 'slither' off the table!

Building a train using sequencing skills.

Evan loved making dogs with the Pop Blocks.

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