Making Math Fun through Games
Parents find it extremely challenging make kids love math. Math is a skill that takes a lot of brainpower to master, and kids can find this task to be very difficult. Kids of struggle with equations, exponents maths formulas and grow up learning that maths is horrifying subject in their academic life. But using fun math games students can get accustomed to different and immersive way of learning the subject.
- Addition Duel
Need – set of playing cards with the jacks, queens, kings and jokers removed. Aces are to count as 1.
Children will be practicing addition without even realizing it. Makes a good classroom game with 2 teams playing against each other
Shuffle the cards and deal them out. Each player puts their cards in a pile facing down. Together players flip the top card over and place it in the centre. The first player to add the amounts on the two cards together and call out the answer takes the cards. If a player calls an incorrect answer the cards are returned to the bottom of the pile. When all cards have been drawn the winner is the player with the most cards.
- Basketball Facts
Need – soft foam ball, waste bin or bucket to be the hoop
Fun way to practice number facts
Two players stand side by side. If playing in teams, teams can line up in two lines with the first player in each line taking the first turn and then moving to the end of the line after this turn.
The caller calls a number fact, e.g. 3+9, 15-6, 4X5 or 36 ÷ 4. The first player to call out the correct answer then has a turn at shooting for a point (throwing the ball into the waste bin or bucket). The player scores a point if he is successful. If playing in teams, the next two players then have a turn.
Need – popsicle sticks, dice, elastic bands
A game to develop tens place value concepts..
Popsicle sticks are placed in the center. Before beginning decide what the winning number is to be, e.g. 50, 80 or 100. Players take turns to roll the dice and take that number of popsicle sticks. When a player has tens sticks they can bundle these into a bundle of ten using the elastic band. The first player to reach the winning number, e.g. 50 which is 5 bundles of ten is the winner. HINT – During play, encourage players to count their sticks, e.g. “3 bundles and 7 sticks is 10, 20, 30 and seven more make 37.”
- Coin Toss
Need – a large 6×6 grid filled with random numbers to be studied, coins (counters or bottle tops can be used).
Fun way to compare values of numbers!
The large grid is placed on the floor. Use 2 digit numbers if studying 2 digit numbers. Or use 3, 4 or 5 digit numbers. Each player or one player from each team takes a turn at tossing a coin onto the grid. If the coins lands off the grid the player is out. If the coin lands on 2 spaces the space that has most of the coin is the number that is used. Players compare the numbers. The player whose number is the largest, scores a point. Repeat keeping score.
This game helps kids understand the concept of Probability even better.