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Learning to add can be great fun for kids with simple addition activities.  By creating a simple addition game with play dough and golf tees, things that you may already have around the house are transformed into a learning activity.

Kids Activities Blog is really excited to welcome Valerie from Glittering Muffins as Quirky Momma for the day.  She is here to share one of her favorite learning to add activities.

This addition activity is simple to make and can lead to hours of fun learning to add.

• Play dough
• Golf tees or other small objects
• Permanent marker

I started with a few colors of play dough and molded them into balls flattened onto the kitchen table.  Then found some golf tees or other small objects and wrote the numbers 1-5 (for now, we’ll add more later).

Later (the marker took awhile to fully dry), we got the play dough out and my son started pushing the tees into the play dough.  I let him play for a bit and then introduced the numbers that were on the tees.

We started with 5 balls of dough and I had him add one tee to each one.  The next thing we did was some counting games having him sequence the numbers and then add extra tees to each play dough hill in the appropriate number.

Once he had mastered those activities, we worked on simple addition activities – adding 1 to 1 – and counting out the answer.  I eventually added an equal sign to one of the tees and created math addition equations with mounds of play dough:

• 1+1=2
• 1+2=3
• 1+3=4
• and so on up to 5 in various forms.

Once that was easy, we added some addition numbers up to 10 and started all over again.

Depending on your child’s level of ability, this learning to add activity can be modified in many ways.  Additional numbers, additional mounds of play dough and the introduction of subtraction can all mix it up!

Valerie is the mother of a very, very active and energetic three & 1/2 year old named Nico. Although Valerie has always been crafty, motherhood has given her a completely different spin, and new perspective on things and what you can do without having to resort to expensive ingredients or to rely on the big stores. You can find her blogging at Glittering Muffins.

## More Learning to Add Activities

Learning to add can be a ton of fun when armed with addition activities and games to keep boredom away.  Kids Activities has a bunch of math games that are sure to please.