Looking for a fun way to practice some basic math skills? Try the pizza game!
We made this one ourselves. I took two sheets of light brown felt and stitched them together, cut them into a circle and made the crust. Next, I stitched together two sheets of red, cut a slightly smaller circle and sewed it onto the crust for sauce.
Next, I cut out 'toppings'. I made enough to have up to four people play.
You also need at least one die. We happen to have this one that has numbers on it instead of dots, but a standard die would be fine too! If you don't have a die, you can make one from a small cube-shaped box. Alternately, you could make cards with numbers on them, or use a spinner from an old game.
To play, divide the toppings equally among the players. They don't have to have the exact same toppings, just the same number of items. Youngest goes first, and you go around the group clockwise after that.
The player simply rolls the die and adds that number of toppings to the pizza. The goal is to run out of toppings. Easy and fun, but it gives children a chance to practice taking turns along with some simple math skills. They will need to know the number, and then represent the number with actual toppings.
To make the game more complex for older children (or as your children develop additional skills), you can add more dice (introducing addition), or add rules such as:
* If you roll an even number, you put that number of pieces onto the pizza, but if you roll an odd number, you remove that many topping pieces from the pizza to your pile.
* You must have the exact number of pieces rolled on your last turn to win the game.
* If you roll a "1", draw a card after you put one piece onto the pizza. Make cards with different instructions, such as 'give three of your pieces to another player', 'take all the green olives from the pizza and put them in your pile', 'put all of your black olives on the pizza', etc.
However you play, we hope you have fun practicing math skills!