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Let's Play Store

What you'll need:Fun math games
Empty containers (cartons or boxes), old magazines, books, newspapers, calculator, pencil or crayon, and paper

What to do:

  1. Help your child collect empty containers so that you can play as if you were shopping at the grocery store. Gather the items and put them on a table.
  2. Help your child think of a price for each item. Mark the prices on the containers. You can even mark some items on sale.
  3. Pretend to be the customer while your child is the cashier.
  4. Teach your child the difference between the math symbols (+, -, , x, and =) and how they are used when using the calculator. Help your child add the prices of each item on the calculator and total the amount using the (=) symbol. Have your child write the total on a piece of paper, which will be your receipt.
  5. While you and your child play store, you can ask questions like how much would it cost to buy three cartons of eggs? How much does 1 box of soap cost, if they are 2 for $5.00? How much is my bill, if I don't buy the cereal? How much more will it cost if I buy this magazine? Have your child estimate the amounts of the items you are buying. Check to see if the estimation is correct on the calculator.

Parent tip:
Learning to use the calculator will help your child understand and apply estimation and reasoning skills, as well as learn addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication.

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