If you want all of your kids to practice facts at the same time–without having to wait a long time for their next turn–try this version of Don’t Eat Pete. For this version of the game, my kids chose to play with real pennies. They got to keep the pennies they earned, and we did some math with the pennies after we finished playing.
So that you can understand the video better, here’s what’s going on:
Bear, age 10 and to your left, is using the ÷12 game board.
Boo, age 6 and to your right, is using the ×2 game board.
Lu, age 4 and sitting at the bottom, is using a board from the phonogram DEP set. (She is naming sounds the letters or combination of letters can produce in words, so it may be difficult to hear her. For example, the first sound she practices is for the letter “f.” That’s a pretty quiet sound!)
I started the video in the middle of a game. The object is simply to clear your board and earn lots of pennies! You don’t need to select a “Pete” because everyone plays at the same time. The moderator says “ding” if the answer is correct, and reteaches the correct answer if the answer is wrong. (If a child answers incorrectly, she replaces the penny on her board and her turn is over. She can collect the penny once she answers correctly on another turn.)
My kids really like to play this way, and they reviewed a lot more in a shorter period of time than they usually do.
At the end of the game, the kids lined their pennies up in rows of 10 and counted them. Because we pay 10% of our income to our church, the girls took one penny from each pile to save for tithing. Finally, the exchanged their pennies for quarters, dimes and nickels. (It took some explaining to get Lu to trade her pile of pennies for only a few coins. It was a good lesson for her on the value of different coins.
Let me know if this idea works for you! If you have any other ideas of how to play, please share a comment. Thanks!