Early Multiplication: Grouping with Legos

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My son has been plugging away and doing really well with his current math curriculum, which has been having him work on telling time, addition, subtraction, fractions, measurement, and temperature.  Recently we started reviewing another math program for the SchoolHouse Review Crew and my son had the chance to work on beginning multiplication, ie. grouping.  While we have been really happy with both programs, I've missed some of the hands-on learning of concepts we used to do.

So with our stash of Lego Duplos, we worked on grouping in a hands-on way.

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I gave my son a tray of Lego Duplos with a sheet of paper asking him to find group totals:
2 groups 5
3 groups 4... etc....

Hands-on Multiplication using LEGOS

Pulling out the Legos for this activity really helped my son see the end result and how multiplication is different than addition.  Th only one he had trouble with was 1 group of 2, although the answer was right in front of him, he insisted it was 3.
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It was an easy set up activity that worked on a very important skill that paves the way for multiplication down the road.

Have some hands-on fun with early multiplication using Legos!  Get grouping!
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