Mortensen Math Multiplication

Hide and Seek Multiplication!

Have your child grab a handful of 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s, 6’s, 7’s, 8’s, 9’s, 10’s, or 100’s.

If you have more than one child have each of them grab a different handful of blocks. One can grab 5’s, another 10’s, and so on.

Next have them close their eyes and cover their ears while you hide the blocks around the room for them to find. Make finding the blocks challenging but possible.

After that let them go find the blocks.

What are the rules? There is just one – each time your child finds a block they must verbalize the total amount of the blocks that have been found up to that point. When two 5’s have been found the child seeking 5’s must verbalize that the total amount found is 10, when five 10’s have been found the child seeking 10’s must verbalize that the total amount found is 50, and so on.

For added excitement ask them to yell out the total each time they find a block and allow them to stand on chairs to see high, crawl on the floor to see low, and so on while searching out the hidden blocks. If played correctly there will be lots of noise, movement, and giggling.

When they are done let them hide some blocks for you to find or for each other to find.

Remember to keep the game at their level – if this is their first time playing have them find and count the first couple or few only of a specific number and build on that total the next time they play the game.

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