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School just ended and now it is our turn to step up our game with making sure the girls maintain important school skills, of particular concern to us is maintaining their math skills. Learning Resources is a leading maker of educational games and tools that can be used to help gain, improve and maintain school skills all year long! We received the Make A Splash Math Mat in exchange for our honest opinions.
What did I think?
When it comes to maintaining and gaining new math skills, Learning Resources makes so many wonderful options that is can be hard to choose! We love the Make A Splash math mat because it can be used in so many different ways and is able to accommodate many levels of math skills. The math mat comes with instructions for seven different math-focused activities that can be done alone, in pairs or in small groups. I like that the girls can be self-starters on with this and work on their math skills together, or with me working with them to further grow their skills. This set comes with More/less frames that help children physically visualize number paths so you can talk through if numbers are more or less than the initial number.
One of the games we liked the most for improving math skills was the Undersea Calculations. In this game, you roll two of the inflatable dice (included) to create a two-digit number (for example 14), then you roll the more/less dice so that children learn how numbers relate. If they get the +10 roll, then they would need to find the number 24. The More/less frame helps them check their answers.
This math activity set from Learning Resources helps improve counting, number relationships and operations in 10’s thinking skills. I love how versatile it is for introducing different math skills to the girls and even their friends have fun coming over to play this game. I love that they are improving an important skill set during a time of the year that typically math skills begin to atrophy. We will continue to use this math mat throughout the year and I really think the girls will get a lot of use out of it when school starts by using it as a resource with their homework! Learn more about Learning Resources and how their products can help maintain and improve math skills for your kids by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!