Tumbletown Bound

Make different paths on the grid so Tumbleweed can get around Tumbletown.

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While Playing: 
  • Take turns playing the game with your child. Take turns putting the pieces on the playing board, or allow your child to complete the path once, then you have a turn completing the path.
  • While your child is constructing his/her path ask questions like "what if you used a smaller piece here? Or do you think you could use one of those large building pieces here?".
  • Talk to your child about different routes that he/she could use in the game.


Ontario Curriculum Connections: 

This activity will help your child with problem solving, geometry, spatial sense, estimation and structures. This game meets many expectations in multiple grades, one of which is:

Math: Geometry and Spatial Sense

Compose and describe pictures, designs and patterns by combining two-dimensional shapes.  Cover an outline puzzle with two-dimensional shapes in more than one way.



At-Home Activities: 
  • Make driving to school as fun as possible! Think about all the different routes you could take to get to school over the course of the week (you could also use destinations like the grocery store, granny's house, the library etc.) and write them on a piece of paper. Now it's time to conduct your research! Bring the list of routes along with a stopwatch/clock and a pencil. Chart how long each route takes, and be sure to include any side notes about delays along the way (such as construction, traffic lights not working, accident, etc). Which route was the best? Why?
  • Map and find! You will need a partner for this activity. Using graph paper, map out the room that you will be using for the activity (i.e. classroom, kitchen, bedroom) make sure to include large objects found in the room like a stove, table or sofa.Take an object like a book or small toy and hide it somewhere in the room.Using the squares on the graph paper map, write a list of directions that your partner will need in order to find the object, such as 5 steps to the right, 3 steps straight, 2 steps to the left, turn around half way etc. Once the list of directions is complete, give your partner the direction list and the map. See how long it takes your friend to find the object using your homemade resources. Once your friend finds the object, it's your turn to find his/her object!