Outer Space Math Maze with ReGroupingWant to make learning math fun and creative when the kids just want to "be done?"
Sometimes we need to practice and build math concepts just a bit more. It can be hard to find ways to get the extra practice in when the kids really just are over practicing math (again and again!)
The baby wants held, the green beans are boiling over on the stove, and the other kids are dumping bins of puzzles all over the living room. But, the second grader needs to practice regrouping triple digits just a bit more.
My four year old and I made up this 3D Outer Space maze to practice re-grouping tens and hundreds columns in three digit numbers one day while my second grader was at school. When she came home from school, she was all over it!
Outer Space Math Maze
Mazes are a great way to practice skills needed in handwriting and math. They are a puzzle for hand-eye coordination and a visual motor workout. Often times, kids have trouble aligning numbers in columns of ones, tens, and hundreds. A maze using hand-eye coordination like this one can help to work on that copying skill.
Materials you'll need to make the Outer Space Maze:
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Plastic bin (or any pan with an edge. A metal cake pan would work well.)
Make a 3D Outer Space Maze
Draw rings for planet's orbits around the sun. NOTE: We did this quickly and our outer space model is in NO way accurate in terms of size of planets or orbits. Older kids could do this as a Science project.
Cut circles from Colored cardstock to represent planets. Glue them onto the orbits.
Press Wikki Stix onto the orbits and over the planets. Try to get them to stick right through the center of each planet. Then, use the Black marker to write three digit numbers on both sides of the planets. Place the paper into a bin with edges and move a marble along the 3D track.
It takes coordinated and slow movements to get the marble to stay on the track and move along the path. You can read more about Bilateral Coordination and how it's needed in so many functional tasks HERE.
As your child moves the marble along the path, write down the numbers. They can add the digits and work on adding with regrouping. Start the marble at different spots and tilt the tray in different directions to get different numbers.
Adding the bilateral coordination movement to this learning task made it a fun and hands-on activity that a worksheet simply isn't.
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