If shouts of this ring out from your living room every day, you are not alone. This jumping game seems to make boys and girls all over focus with next level determination. So why not make a real challenge of it? A “floor is lava” learning game is just what the teacher ordered for same late summer, time-for-school refreshers.

Before setting out to make your “stepping stones”, decide which skill your child might need to brush up on before the first school bell rings. Tackling this game with a kindergartner and fourth grader, we went with sight words, 1-100 number recognition, color names, and multiplication/division answers.

Lava Materials

First, you will have to build your stepping stones, or safe areas from that bubbling lava. Craft felt seemed to be the best choice. Paper could also be used, but multiple jumps on it might cause it to tear.

The Floor is Lava Paper

Create a hand drawn flame as a template.

The Floor is Lava fire outline

The Floor is Lava fire cut out

Come up with your answers, and use markers to write. Another great option of using felt is that you can flip them over for another set of answers.

The Floor is Lava home stone

We are all set. Create a “HOME” stone as your starting point.

The Floor is Lava multi color pieces

We grabbed some marbles to put by each stepping stone, as a sort of reward for each right answer. As they jump, they collect a marble.

The Floor is Lava pink flames

Designate someone to be the ring (of fire) leader to shout out the questions.

The moment of truth: can our kindergartener find each number?

The Floor is Lava pink spots

The Floor is Lava play

Jumping to Stepping Stones Clip

Collect those marbles!

The Floor is Lava marbles

We then set up challenges for sight words…

The Floor is Lava blue spots

…then colors. We even upped the ante by placing the words all on green stones. Reading is key here!

The Floor is Lava green

Lastly, the fourth grader wanted in on the challenge, so we did a round of multiplication, then division.

The Floor is Lava flames placement

Multiplication Clip

Have fun! And watch out – THE FLOOR IS LAVA!

The Floor is Lava jumping

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