I had a lightbulb moment at the end of my 10th year of teaching kindergarten (and 13th year teaching overall)… I was seriously lacking in play in my classroom. Yes, my students had fun centers they loved and it felt like play a little… but they are 5 and 6 years old. They need more playtime.
Kids these days are so caught up in technology, it seems – iPhones and tablets are making it so they lack social awareness. They get “bored” because they never have to be bored – they’re handed technology to help distract them instead of being forced to socialize or entertain themselves. A lot of my kids weren’t working together nicely so I brought in free choice centers, including a play kitchen I borrowed from another room, and for the first time… I let them play at the end of the day.
This inspired me to find more ways to play and I spent the end of the school year brainstorming new activities I could find for them. And then I found SumBlox:
SumBlox are wood blocks in the shape of numbers, but the twist is that each number block gets larger as it increases. They can be stacked on top of each other so that three number 1 blocks are the same height as the number 3. How cool is that, and what a fun way to learn about addition.
They can also just be used to build, and I can imagine students asking for certain blocks by using the number, “can you pass the number 6?” It would be a fun way to get kids more comfortable with the names of numbers, which is something some of my students struggled with this year.
To help me purchase these blocks, I’ve started a Donor’s Choose project. I’m looking for donations to help me reach my goal of having an educational set of these for my classroom. I KNOW these blocks will be the favorite of my students for years to come and will be used daily, if not multiple times a day, in so many ways. Not only will it help with numbers, but it will help students learn to use their imagination, cooperatively play and socialize. The benefits of these blocks are numerous… but I can’t do it without help.
If you could please click here to visit my Donor’s Choose project and make a donation, my class and I would really appreciate it. ANY donation will help. Sharing my project on social media would also help me too.
Thank you so much, and my class next year… and classes for years to come… thank you too.