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"Tricky puzzles" with Owen

Owen and I like to play "Tricky Numbers" and "Hang Pig." Tricky numbers is long addition, but we don't call it that. Hang Pig is like Hangman, without the misanthropic imagery. Nonna the Montessori kindergarten teacher is thrilled. We are too :)

Tricky Numbers at the top with a maze at the bottom.
More Tricky Numbers, and "Dad" spelled Espanol-style.

Hang Pig!


mama mia said…
maybe nonna needs to get some golden beads for Owen so he can make some sense of those tricky numbers, and actually build those quantities, each addend above the other and trade the units for tens and the tens for hundreds and the hundreds for thousands? or just bring it home from classfor the holidays? tricky number toys? we call it dynamic addition with golden beads
blissful_e said…
I'll have to remember that it's all in the marketing... "tricky numbers" is a much cooler name than "long addition." And I'm relieved no men have to die in the course of your word games!
JohnJohn said…
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JohnJohn said…
E: Ha! Yes, indeed, it's all about marketing! Bell peppers are known as super-happy-fun peppers, cabbage helps you see further, and Chad Ochocinco *always* eats *all* of his dinner.
Amy P said…
Don't ever let anyone tell Owen that he isn't supposed to make an "8" by putting one sorta-squished circle on top of another. That's how engineers do it!

In a few years he'll be on to long division...perhaps better spun as tricky "goes-in-tahs" as in "times and goes-in-tahs"

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