There are several skills kids learn while playing the Popsicle Roll and Color game.
Children will practice their fine mother skills and color identification skills while playing. The game's format is interactive which allows a child to apply what is learned. Kids also gain confidence because they can count the dots and color independently.
How to play the Popsicle Roll and Color Game:
- Make sure each student has: The math game page, and coloring tools.
- To see who takes the first turn, each student rolls the die. The player with the highest number goes first.
- Turns are taken in a clockwise direction.
- When a player rolls the die, they color the section of the picture that matches the number that was rolled.
- If the number has been rolled already, the student passes their turn.
- There is no winner really. The goal is to complete the coloring of the picture.
(Note: We use a big foam dice from the dollar store. The students don't have to worry about dropping the die, throwing it too hard, or losing it.)
The versatility of this game allows for kids of different ages and skill levels to play together. This is called differentiated learning.
Another benefit of this game is that it helps students build visual discrimination, subsidization and working memory skills.
What is Visual Discrimination? Visual Discrimination is the ability to pay attention to very small differences and notice what the details are. Children need good visual discrimination skills when learning their alphabet letters. A child who can tell the difference between lower case “b” and lower case “d” has well developed visual discrimination.
Kids improve their subitizing skills when playing this game. Subitizing means that one knows the number of a group of objects without actually having to count the objects.
The other major skill that kids practice when playing this game is working memory. Kids practice working memory while playing this game. That's because the game requires the same repeated steps:
- Children have to remember what the number they rolled on the die is.
- Then they need to find the matching amount on the page.
- Finally the child colors the matching amount.