Have you ever thought about using numbers with bases other than 10?
The concept of place value involves the notion of grouping numbers or amounts of objects.
The rule for this game is that no one can use the word six (or whatever number you use as your base.) You use a nonsense word instead. Have them make up the word.
My boys came up with the word googa.
Then we placed counters down and counted to five and then the next counter was called googa.
Each time this counter was reached, we cleared the table and the counting started over.
Next we practiced counting forwards and backwards in base 6 using cups and beans.
After we had done this for awhile, we recorded these numbers on paper so that they may be examined for patterns.
|Can you see where he made a mistake, and then tried to erase it? |
It is easy to see when you make a mistake when you look at the patterns.
This can also be done with colors, each place value equalling a different color.
It can be done with colored counters, colored squares of paper or on a sheet of large-block graph paper.