Free Parent Involvement Activity – "Cluster Count" – Grades K-2

Addition, Multiplication

Take turns with your child rolling a die twice. The first throw determines how many large circles a player will draw on his page, and the second throw designates how many X’s are to be drawn within each circle. The player then counts up his X’s and writes the total at the bottom of the page.

The second player does the same, rolling twice and counting her X’s. The player with the most X’s wins the round.

Be sure to point out how the circled groupings of X’s relate to the concept of multiplication. for example, if your child creates three groups containing four X’s each, then “3 x 4 = 12.”

Source: Bright and Beyond, Smart & Simple Activities to do with your Child, Math, Kindergarten to 3rd Grades. Available at

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