Brackets: They can be used for more than just picking teams aimlessly before March Madness begins. For children in 4th grade and up, look up each team’s statistics, compare their numbers and complete the brackets based on who has the best stats.
Jerseys: Cut paper in the shape of jerseys (about the size of a standard playing card) and write the numbers of the players on them. The options for working with the numbers on the players jerseys are endless! During the game, challenge your kids to find specific jerseys:
- Locate certain numbers
- Sort by odd and even numbers
- Add the jerseys of the players as they score (best to restart this after halftime because numbers could get very large)
- Ask for players jerseys with specific numbers in the “one’s place” or the “ten’s place”. For example, “Give me all the jerseys with the number 5 in the one’s place (answer: 5, 15, 25, 35, etc.).
- How many dribbles per minute?
- Compare/contrast their best and worst times
- In a group, calculate how many dribbles per minute for the kids “team”, combine numbers and average out.
- Adults “Team”: For added fun have the adults join in on the action and see how many dribbles per minute the adults can get…it may surprise you who has the better skills, those little hands are fast!
It’s hard not to love sports and team spirit, but this year during March Madness teach them more than just your favorite cheers. Shhhh, they won’t even know you’re “drilling” them.