STREAM Activity: Math Based Space Game
Do you think you can win the Rocket Race to the Moon?
Activity best for children age 2 and up
Scientists and astronauts who study space use a lot of math. They enjoy using math because it helps them solve interesting problems and answer important questions. Without math, engineers would never be able to figure out how to get spacecrafts to leave the earth or how fast the objects in space are flying. By creating a board game about space that uses math all on our own, we can have fun – without even noticing we’re doing math! Do you think you can win the Rocket Race to the Moon?
Materials you’ll need:
Cardboard display board
Assorted colors of paper
Stickers, glitter, or any decorations
What aspects make up a game? Why do we need rules?
How does learning math help us in this game?
Can you think of any rules that help make the game more fun or challenging?
Gather all of your materials and cut up some colored paper into small squares.
Either paint your display board black or glue black paper onto the board. Place your squares in a pattern that has a beginning and an ending and then glue them down. You can design it any way that you want. This game starts with a rocket ship and ends with a moon.
Next, add some fun rules to your game! Make some of the rules helpful to the player (for example, landing on a shooting star in this game moves players up 8 spots). And make some of the rules tricky for the player (for example, landing on a black holes makes players stuck for 2 rounds).
After that, create a way for players to move around the board. In this game, players pull an orange card and a purple card and find the difference. Here, the difference between 5 and 2 is 3, so players move 3 spaces.
Finally, find some pieces to represent your players. We used circles with stars on them. Then, start the game by taking turns. The player who reaches the moon first is the winner!
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Look Up With Me by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
Research shows that time spent playing board games boosts the math skills of children in early childhood programs. Think of ways to make the game easier or more challenging! For example, make a game with multiplication.