Black Friday Activity

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Updated on Dec 10, 2013

Since 2005, the day after Thanksgiving has been coined Black Friday, one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Retailers often open their doors early and close late, offering spectacular deals to consumers. This game is the perfect way to prepare your child for any shopping adventures you may embark upon, all while practicing important math concepts. After she creates whole number price tags, your little shopper can attach them to various items around the house and then pretend to go shopping, adding up her bill along the way. Alternatively, you can give her a budget she can "spend" and have her add up the tags to the correct amount to fit into the allotted budget.

What You Need:

  • White paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Black marker
  • Pencil
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Calculator (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Have your child use a ruler and a pencil to draw rectangles on a sheet of paper for the price tags. 
  2. Ask her to cut out the price tags and use the hole punch to punch a hole on one side of each tag.
  3. Help her thread ribbons through the holes to create a tag that can be easily attached to items arranged around the house.
  4. Encourage her to write prices on the price tags. The prices should be whole numbers without change and can go up to $10.00.
  5. Send her around the house and have her place the tags on a variety of items she likes.
  6. Ask her to go shopping for a given number of items.
  7. After she's gathered her loot, have her add up the amounts on the price tags to figure out the total.
  8. Now, have her set out again. However, this time you should give her an exact budget and ask her to try to find items that add up to that amount.
  9. Finally, give her another budget and ask her to find items that add up to just under that amount so she has money to spare.
  10. For a more complex addition game, add come cents to the dollar amounts.

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