And I said, “How I wish
We have something to do!”
excerpt from The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
Luckily, there is something to do and it is something fun!
We’re going to practice skip counting by tens with this easy DIY game inspired by The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss.
Black permanent marker
Make your math puzzle
Start by sketching a tall – and slightly crooked – hat on your white piece of paper. Take your inspiration from the pages of The Cat in the Hat. It doesn’t have to be a perfect replica!
Cut out your hat and trace it on both the red and the blue pieces of paper. Cut out the red hat.
Your blue piece of paper is your puzzle board, so don’t cut out that hat. Instead, trace your pencil lines with the black marker.
Add your stripes to your white and red hats. You will need 10 stripes on each hat. Use a ruler and compare the hats to make the stripes as similar as possible so you can alternate the colors. Cut apart each of your stripes.
Next, use your blue puzzle board to alternate the stripes on the hat. Starting at the top strip, write your numbers (skip counting by 10) in order from 10 through 100.
If you are worried about durability, run your puzzle board and puzzle pieces through a laminator.
Note: If you are making this game for a classroom, you will have enough stripes for 2 puzzles. You’ll just need a 2nd sheet of blue paper to make another puzzle board.
How to play:
Playing the game is super-easy. Just mix up the strips and have your child complete the puzzle by putting them in order. That’s it!
This is a fun and simple way to practice counting by tens. You can easily adapt this game for other skip counting sets, just change the number on the stripes.
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