Color by Numbers: Addition

Let’s face it, doing homework and studying can be very boring; especially for a kindergartener. So I try as much as I can to make it fun.

 My DS (Dear Son) is in kindergarten and will take the jump now into addition. Math is one of his strong points so hopefully, he will not have any trouble picking it up.

One thing you have to know about DS is he LOVES everything army. Very violent, I know, but just like I never forced my DD (Dear Daughter) to love Barbie when she didn’t, I won’t force my son to unlove something he most definitely loves.

So anyways, I started by using simple word problems like:

Me: DS let me ask you a question. If you had one gun, and I went to the store now and bought you two more, how many will you have?

DS: Ummm three!

Me: Perfect! Ok another question.

DS: Mom let it be about swords this time.

Me: Ok if you have two swords, and your dad got you three more, how many swords will you have? This is a hard one.

DS: Ummm, FIVE!

Me: AMAZING!! Ok one more question.

DS: Ask about grenades this time mom.

After I felt like he mastered these questions (up to the number five as that’s what they will be doing in class), I wanted him to be comfortable with the + and = signs. I wrote a couple of questions down and I knew quickly I was losing his attention and he was getting bored. Then I remembered when my DD was in kinder, I made her a color by number addition sheet. She loved it!


Somehow I have a feeling DS won’t be too thrilled to color in a bunch of flowers and a sunny sky. So I am here googling how to draw a tank and trying the best I can to make it look legit.

 Here’s what I got. Do you think it looks like a tank? Hope DS thinks that when he sees it tomorrow.


 Please feel free to add any other fun addition activities in the comments below. We would love to try new fun ways to learn.

2 thoughts on “Color by Numbers: Addition

  1. I don’t think I could have done any better with a tank than you did 🙂 Good work!
    BTW, I really love the idea of using color by number to hold kids’ interest in math. I’d never heard of that before.

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