The boys love skip counting! One of Kal-El's works today was to practice reading the labels on the short nine chain backwards and forwards and try to say them by memory. (Check out Me Too in the background loading knobless cylinders into the knobbed-cylinder blocks.) After practicing, he asked to listen to the Schoolhouse rock song about "nine" (my brother-in-law gave us a full collection on cd). You can find a list of all of the Schoolhouse Rock videos plus the lyrics and links to videos of them here:
Me Too really likes the song for skip counting fives and I catch him singing it around the house all of the time. We couldn't just listen to one. After "Naughty Number Nine" they requested "I Got Six", "My Hero, Zero", and "Ready or Not, Hear I Come" (fives). After rockin' out to songs about math, it was time for Kal-El to try a few games of "Nine Speed."
We purchased a set of Speed! decks after reading about them over at The Homeschool Den.
Never one to re-do work already done well by someone else, I will refer you back to The Homeschool Den where there is a really nice post that reviews the game, explains the game play, and includes a lot of pictures.
The game set includes a deck to practice skip counting for each number two through nine. The object is to get rid of all of your cards by laying a card from your hand on top of the card that is face-up by skip counting either forward or backward.
The cards themselves are uncannily "Montessori" and work really well in tandem with bead chain work. I took a picture of a couple of cards close up so that you can see the actual bead chains depicted on the cards. The colors, unfortunately, do not match the colors of the Montessori bead chains.
You can watch a game of "Three Speed" in action in this video:
I don't think you will find this game in brick-and-mortar stores yet.You can find it at Amazon.
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