Making Your Own Foamy Math Dice

April 26, 2010

Teaching Addition to our youngest young man has presented all sorts of challenges that has left me with small bald patches all over my head is giving me wonderful opportunities to learn new things.  One of the things I am learning about is Auditory Processing issues.  The more I learn, the more the pieces are starting to fall into place.  Dianne Craft’s page has been a Godsend – thank you, thank you, Julianne!

I asked my homeschooling friends for ideas on how to teach this.  One particular friend (hi, Vero!) suggested using dice as a manipulative – great idea! – and it worked well.  Then, remembering our awesome success with the Memorare and Pictographs, combined with Dianne’s advice for right-brained/visual learners, I thought that it might be worthwhile to see if I could mix dice with concept of using color, while minimizing sound distraction as much as possible.  Inspiration!  What I came up with is something we call “Foamy Math Dice” and the tutorial is below if you’d like to make your own.  Oh!  There is a pdf in the right side bar for the dice tiles.  Please help yourself.  : )

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FOAMY MATH DICE TUTORIAL

Materials you'll need to make your Foamy Math Dice

MATERIALS:

– Laminated card stock PDF (in sidebar)
– Scissors or paper cutter
– 2 Foam blocks  (one to try at Amazon)
– Glue that bonds to foam
– Wet erase pens (even though dry erase is shown – it’s all I had on hand O: )

STEPS

Step 1:  Following the template, cut out tiles from your laminated card stock.  The blocks I am using are just a smidge larger than 1 1/4″ on each side, so the tiles are 1 1/8″ square.  I left a margin of foam around the tiles so that they stay nice and quiet.

Step 2:  Glue the tiles onto the cubes.  I’ll bet you were surprised by this step.  😉  I did alternate which cube I was gluing, to make sure that each tile had enough time to dry in between.

Step 3:  Draw the dots onto your new Foamy Math Dice.

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As far as teaching Addition, why am I excited about this tool?  It allows me to control the numbers that Pip is learning to add.  I can have a die made up of blank sides or a single dot for Zero or 1, and then add dots from there as he learns.  Yes, I definitely love the Foamy Math Dice.  I hope you do, too!