Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Beach Ball Math Activity

Here's a fun Summer Activity for the kids that involves a Beach Ball and Addition!

  • beach ball
  • permanent marker
  • adhesive labels (optional)

Directions (Set-up)
  • Draw a line around the middle of the beach ball (similar to the equator on a globe).
  • In each section of the beach ball write a numeral from 0 - 9. Use adhesive labels if you prefer not to write on the beach ball.

Directions (Activity)
  • Children stand in a circle. If there are only 2 players, then the players stand across from each other.
  • Players toss the ball to each other.
  • The person receiving the ball, must notice in which sections their right and left thumbs are located.
  • He/she must state an addition number sentence (equation) using the numbers indicated by his/her thumbs. Example 2 + 3 = 5.
  • Then the beach ball is tossed to another player who must also state a number sentence using the numbers that correspond to the sections of the beach ball where his/her thumbs are located.
  • Have fun!
  • Multiply the numbers instead of adding them
  • Subtract the smaller number from the larger number instead of adding the numbers.
  • Write sight words on the beach ball instead of numbers and have children announce the letters (spell the word) then read the word(s).
Have fun! 


  1. I love how there are so many fun activities that are educational too. This is a wonderful game.

  2. So clever and fun. I'll have to keep this in mind for when my little guy is just a bit older.

  3. What a FUN way to practice Math - perfect for summer!! Thanks for sharing on TGIF! Have a great week,
    Beth =-)

  4. What a great idea!

    Thanks for stopping by The Sunday Showcase, hope to see you again this week!


  5. What a great idea!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

  6. Great summer ideas! I hope parents take advantage of all your great ideas! Thanks for sharing this great post on Saturday Show & Tell @ Cheerios and Lattes last week! :) Hope to see you again this weekend! :)

  7. I LOVE these types of learning games. We do it with sight words and my girls have fun playing and learning every time.

    Featuring this on this week's Sunday Showcase On Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    1. Thank you Bern and thank you for hosting each week!
      Marcia :)



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