Addition Matching Game for Toddlers (+1’s)

Addition +1 Equation Strips

About a month ago I shared some math videos I was working on to teach Damien the basic arithmetic facts with numbers 0-12.

The videos were and are meant to be a single piece in the bigger picture of teaching your child the arithmetic facts and developing and understanding of number concepts.

You can click over to the post to see some of the benefits and different teaching aspects that the videos provide, but the are certain things that the format of digital videos cannot provide.

So I created a supplement to these videos that will provide what the videos cannot: equation strips.

The equation strips add a hands-on aspect not available with the videos. They are virtually the exact same information as is on the videos, but in a format that children can manipulate, explore, and feel with their hands, and see in a new dimension.

Experiencing the same information in the two different formats helps to build more pathways and connections in your child’s brain and solidify the information.

Equation Strips +1's

The equation strips also provide other benefits:

Parental interaction. Even though you can (and should) watch the videos with your child and talk to your child about the videos as they are playing, the equation strips provide a face-to-face element that the videos can’t compete with. You are also able to give and take more feedback with your child based on his reactions and responses.

Variety. There are many ways to play with and use the equation strips, making more connections in your child’s brain and giving him many different ways to understand the concepts.

Equation Strips +1's

More understanding of numerals and quantities being one and the same. The equation strips are printed with the equation written with numerals on one side and written with pictures on the other (the same with the answer cards). You can use them interchangeably (matching a numeral equation to a picture, or vice versa). You can also look at both sides each time you use the strip to show both ways to represent the concepts.

Picking the right answer. You can use these strips to simply show your baby the cards and read them to him in the beginning, and eventually he can have the opportunity to pick the correct answer for himself.

Equation Strips +1's

Enjoy! Download here:

Learning Addition: +1 Equation Strips


Damien is currently 1 year, 10 months old (22 months old)


  • Katja April 9, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    thank you for these! Did you print yours on A3 paper?

    • domanmom April 9, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      I used A4 paper, or 8.5×11 inches.

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  • Ruth August 21, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Do you have the equation strips available for print? Thanks!


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