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# 0-3 Years, 4-7 Years, Counting, Math, Toy Reviews by Age, Toy Reviews by Topic

Fish-A-Ree – Toy Review

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Fish-A-Ree is sort of Memory meets Let’s Go Fishin’, without the hassle of trying to get the fish to actually bite the little magnet. It has been a really fun game for my 3 year old, and even though it is a simple game, the slightly older kids (mine are 5 and 7) have enjoyed sitting and playing with him.

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How we play it:*

Fish-A-Ree is kind of a new game for us. So far the kids have been having a ton of fun with the little measuring tape it comes with. They measure the fish, they measure each other, they measure the baby and she gets mad that they are pinning her down for measurement. That type of thing.

Leto (age 3) has also enjoyed just setting up the game. He likes to put all the fish in the holes, take them out and line them up in order by length, decide on which fish is his favorite, match the fish (there are 2 of each length), and pretend to eat them.

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How you’re supposed to play it:

The slightly older kids (age 5 and 7) like to play the right way. You stick a bunch of the fish into their slots, so just the bobber sticks up. Then you draw a card that tells you how many units long of a fish you need, try to draw the fish that is that long, and put it back if you’re wrong or keep it if you’re right.

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Malena and Jules playing Fish-A-Ree:

* We love to modify the rules of every game. There’s value in making a game work well for your family, and I love giving a few ideas of alternative play. And sometimes we just dial the competitiveness down a notch to avoid kid fights.

How about you? Does your family play Fish-A-Ree? Do you have any fun rule modifications? Has your baby gotten pinned to the floor so the bigger kids can measure her?

# Homework Hacks, Kinder-3rd

Snacky Math Facts

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Starting in first grade and carrying on into second, kids are expected to memorize math facts. It’s flash cards, flash cards, flash cards, people. You have to get these numbers into their little brains somehow, because they would look a little silly in college counting on their fingers.

I’ll spare you the lecture on how important rote memorization of math facts is, and skip on over to my kids’ favorite way to practice. It’s a little game I made up one day called “Snacky Math Facts.” The rules are simple:

  1. If you answer a flash card right, you get to scoop some cheerios into your bowl.
  2. Get as many right as you can in one minute.

I set a timer on my phone for one minute, and flash the cards on at them. Once the timer is up, they pass the snack bowl onto the next sibling, and they eat up their snack while waiting for their next turn. I change up which snacks we do, depending on how healthy I want to be and how close it is to dinnertime.

Some fun foods we’ve done as snack:

  • One per correct answer – pretzels, grapes, apple slices, marshmallows
  • One scoop per correct answer – cheerios, craisins, trail mix

Everyone loves this game. My kindergarteners beg to play it. My preschooler joins in with color flash cards. How about you? What do you to make flash cards exciting? (Because, really I could use a few of your ideas too.)

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