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Angry Birds Yahtzee Math Games for Kids

Category : Blog , Games

Get Ready to Roll, Angry Birds Yahtzee!!

Well, it’s summer break again, and I am home with my three kiddos.  I don’t know about you, but I can remember spending many summers playing board games with my family.  Those days are some of my fondest memories.  One of my favorites was playing Yahtzee and Backgammon.  Since I have already introduced Backgammon to my kids, now it is time to introduce Yahtzee.  Yahtzee is a terrific game to play in the summer as it keeps their math skills honed with addition practice.  Can they count by twos, 3’s or fives yet?

According to wikipedia “The object of the game is to score points by rolling five dice to make certain combinations. The dice can be rolled up to three times in a turn to try to make various scoring combinations. A game consists of thirteen rounds. After each round the player chooses which scoring category is to be used for that round. Once a category has been used in the game, it cannot be used again. The scoring categories have varying point values, some of which are fixed values and others where the score depends on the value of the dice. A Yahtzee is five-of-a-kind and scores 50 points; the highest of any category. The winner is the player who scores most points.”

I decided to take the love of a wonderful past time, learning math concepts for my 6 year old and my kids love of a new game “Angry Birds” to make a Yahtzee game more relevant and maybe more interesting to them.  Here is how I made our own math game for kids Angry Bird Yahtzee!

Walking through the Dollar Tree, I noticed some alphabet blocks for young children.  I decided I would use those to create my new Angry Birds set.  You can also find blank ones at the craft stores but they are surprisingly more, don’t forget to take a coupon!

Supplies for Angry Birds Yahtzee, Math Games for Kids

  • Any type of small wooden blocks (5, 1″ blocks)
  • Decoupage glue (matte or glossy)
  • Paint brushes
  • Red Paint (or whatever your color choice)
  • Angry Birds Free Printables
  • Scissors or 1″ square punch
  • Printer

Directions for Angry Birds Yahtzee, Math Games for Kids

  1. Print out 6 copies of this free Angry Birds AngryBirdYahtzeeMathGamesforKidsImages
  2. Cut each image out in squares (I used a 1″ punch, but scissors would work just fine)
  3. Take blocks, paint, paint brushes, and old newspaper and paint blocks your preferred color.
  4. Since I used alphabet blocks, I had to paint over about three times.

Note: Ensure that images are put on blocks on the same places for every block.  If Angry bird pig is on the left of the Red Bird, than make it the same on every block.

  1. Allow paint to dry overnight.
  2. Get glue and new paint brush and brush on decoupage on one side of block.  Not too thin and not too thick :)
  3. Center image on wet glued side, press down flat and then paint over image with another coat of glue, until just covered.
  4. Do this on 5 sides at each interval, and let dry at least 15 minutes before going to next side.  You will do this 6 times.
  5. I have included my own Angry Birds Yahtzee game score sheet.  Print AngryBird YahtzeeMathGamesforKidsDirections

Check out Lola playing her turn here (as soon as I can find it)

Well, we had a great time trying out our new game.  It was a fun twist on an old game.  My daughter Lola (6) did quite well adding her points up.   This is a good thing, disguise learning with fun, it gets them every time.  All in all a good time (most of the time).  I hope you enjoyed our Angry Birds Yahtzee, Math Games for Kids Post.  If you decide to do another theme rather than Angry Birds, let me know how it turns out!


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Frosty the Snowman Christmas Crafts for Kids

Category : Holiday

One of my favorite things about Christmas is building snowmen with my kids.  Sure, I get to do most of the heavy lifting, my kids lose interest after 30 minutes, and my dog eats all the edible’s from Frosty’s face as soon as we go inside, but who cares, I just love the snow.  While rummaging through the recyclables, again, I found numerous empty cat food cans.  I have a few cats so that explains that, I don’t really want to talk about it.  I even had both size cans (shocker, I know) and thought the smaller one would make a great snowman head.  Have your kids pick out a picture and cut them out for their snowman faces.  Join me and my kids as we make our Frosty the Snowman Christmas Crafts for Kids!!

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Frosty The Snowman

These Frosty the snowmen made with your kids pictures are so adorable.  They even stand up on their own so you can display them anywhere.  If you have cats or like tuna fish, you will have most of the supplies needed to complete these!!  If not, I guess you will have to adopt a cat from the local shelter!!  Filling the insides is just as easy, just use whatever you have, tissue paper, newspaper, crinkle cut paper (center one) or whatever comes to mind.

Supplies

  • Soft cat food or tuna cans (cleaned and dried)
  • Toilet paper rolls (use as stands for snowmen)
  • Silver or Christmas color Duct tape
  • Adhesive foamie paper (for scarves and belt) or leftover fabri
  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun and sticks (optional), I think the duct tape will hold on its’ own
  • Stickers, scrap fabric (scarf), foamie paper (buttons)
  • Dried twigs from outdoors (ours came from Lilac bushes)

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How to make Snowmen

  1. Clean out cans thoroughly and dry (we used two large ones for bottom two, and small can for top)
  2. Remove paper from the outside of can, but don’t worry about the sticky portion left, it will get covered with duct tape.
  3. Have adult use small strips of duct tape and tape over sharp portion all around inside of cans (this will make it safe for kids to decorate and make the cans look great.

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Note:  We used silver tape which looked good, but red or blue might even look better

  1. To connect two cans together, Use 1″ piece of duct tape and secure cans together.
  2. I used glue gun to glue cans together, joining the can at the seams.

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  1. Have kids go outside and pick out twigs that might look good as snowman arms.
  2. Help them chose ones that have at least two mini branches at the end.
  3. Have kids look through pictures and cut out picture of themselves close to size of small can.

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  1. Once cans are connected, let your kids decide what they want to put inside the cans.
  2. My daughter Lola (5) picked out purple tissue paper and a pink paper for her scarf (surprise!).
  3. Lola stuffed the tissue paper into each can and used stickers as buttons.
  4. Lola also wanted to decorate her scarf and belt so we got the markers out and she went to town.
  5. Mom drilled the side holes to stick twigs in, no glue was necessary.

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  1. Once the decorating is complete, you are now ready to make stand for your snowman.
  2. Take toilet paper roll and cover with duct tape, we used three pieces.
  3. Take roll and place behind snowman securing with duct tape so it can balance and stand on its’ own (one long piece through the inside will do the trick) .

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I hope you like the crazy cat lady’s snowman Christmas Crafts for Kids.  We had a great time making these together and they look very good on our mantle.  This Christmas craft should stand the test of time and I know I plan on using them in future years rather than some of my old purchased items.  Let me know if you have any suggestions for making this easier or better, or if you know of any other “food can” Christmas crafts.  Have a great Christmas Break with your kids but don’t forget to give them some structure or they’ll drive you crazy!  Happy Holidays!!!