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Making Math Fun For Kids

"Marshmallow Math" is a game we created using some leftover and rather stale, extra large marshmallows that I felt my daughter would find exciting but not want to eat. It's been a hit and she has requested to play it everyday since. You can use anything your child would enjoy that won't create a health concern. Grapes are also a fave, just be careful if you have a dog!

We work on addition and subtraction to find who ate more marshmallows. She has her stack of 10 and I have mine.

I let her pick how many she "wants to eat" and we go back and forth like that until we see who has fewer left.
"Who Ate More Marshmallows?" Example
Sarina has 10 marshmallows and she eats 4 how many does she have left? 10 - 4 = 6.

Mommy has 10 and eats 3. 10 - 3 = 7.

Sarina now has 6 and eats 2. 6 - 2 = 4.
Mommy now has 7 and eats 2. 7 - 2 = 5.
Sarina now has 4 and eats 1 more. 4 - 1 = 3.
Mommy now has 5 and has a tummy ache and is done. 5 - 0 = 5.
Sarina is still going! She now has 3 and eats 2 more! 3 - 2 = 1.
Clearly, Sarina ate more marshmallows!

You could easily play this game to practice multiplication and division. Take a big bag of starbursts or marbles or whatever and show how two twos makes four. Five sets of three makes 15, etc.


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