Activity for ages 4 to 7.
LEGO fans will love these playful addition and subtraction game boards. They’re a motivating way to work on addition to five, subtraction within five and practicing addition and subtraction at the same time.
To prep, I printed the LEGO game boards on cardstock to give them extra durability. Then I grabbed a die and our stash of LEGO bricks. (Each child needed at least 30 LEGO bricks and a LEGO person to use as her playing piece.)
There are three versions of the game to make it easy for kids to practice a variety of skills: addition to five, subtraction within five and both.
Addition to Five
To practice addition to five, each player starts with zero bricks. He rolls the die and moves his game piece that many spaces on his board.
Then he reads the addition problem he lands on and adds that many bricks to his tower.
The player with the most bricks in her stack at the end is the winner!
Subtraction within Five
If you’re in more of a take away kind of mood, kids can work on subtraction within five instead.
To play, each player starts with a tower of 25 bricks. The first player rolls the die, moves his game piece that many spaces and takes off the number of bricks written on the space.
The player with the fewest bricks when all players have reached the end wins.
Addition and Subtraction
And finally, to work on both operations at once, players start with a tower of 10 bricks. Player One rolls the die, moves her game piece and either adds or subtracts the number of LEGOs written on the space from her stack.
The player with the most bricks when all players have reached the end wins the game.