I had a lot of fun making this for my Kindergarten classroom. I was trying to find a fun way to teach the concept of more/less. Knowing that most young children always have a clear understanding of the concept of “more” made me think I would start this game out teaching them that the winner of the game is the one who has “less” loot. The game can be played either way just by using a different mat. You will need items to fill your treasure box. I was able to find my treasure box fillers at my local Dollar Tree in the party and toy section. I was able to find a 12 pack of large money coins, 30 pack of medium money coins (these are my favorite), a bag of jewels in the craft section and an 8 pack of necklaces. If you do not want to shop for materials, you can just fill your treasure box with pennies! Better yet, you could ask the children to bring some in for math games. I have included the dice directions for both versions- a treasure box filled with treasure or filled with pennies. The MORE or LESS posters will be used as I discuss the concept of MORE or LESS and then it will be placed in the center of the table to help the children visually see and remember if we are playing the game of MORE or LESS. As I work with the children, I will reinforce counting strategies when all of the loot is collected. I am looking to see if they have an organized method of counting, do they touch the objects when counting, do they touch each object only once and do they know the counting sequence?
I am so excited that you came to see my workshop! I have created this workshop as a place to be able to share items that I have made for my own classroom use and tested in my own classroom. I have always enjoyed writing curriculum and training teachers and many products I will offer in my workshops have been used for those projects as well. I have been teaching for 12 years and I have trained teachers and written curriculum for 8. I truly believe I am a life long learner and the spark and fire for teaching still burns within me. I have always believed that "Everybody Deserves A Childhood" and I am happy to be a part of the childhood of the children I teach.
Best wishes from my life's classroom to yours,
Little Miss Kindergarten