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Fractions Games for Kids

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Help your students learn more about fractions with these fun games. Read this article to find easy-to-follow directions and some additional resources to use in your math curriculum.

The Biggest Fraction

This game offers students a fun way to learn about comparing fractions.

Supplies:

  • Playing cards (no face cards)
  • Scrap paper and pencils

How to Play:

Your students can play this game in pairs or small groups. Each group will need a deck of cards. Begin by having the students shuffle and then split the deck into equal sections, so each student gets the same amount of cards. Students should then place two cards face-up on the table.

Your students get to decide which number they want to be the numerator and which number they want to be the denominator for their fraction. You can use this lesson on numerators and denominators to ensure your students understand these concepts.

Once your students have their fractions set up, it's time for them to determine who has the largest fraction. Go over the steps for figuring this out with this lesson on comparing fractions and then have your students use the scrap paper to calculate their answers. The student with the largest fraction wins the round and gets a point! Students can play for several rounds. Whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins!

Common Denomina-war

Use this game to get your students used to quickly finding the least common denominator.

You'll Need:

  • 20+ Cards
  • Pencil or marker

What to Do:

You can design the cards for this game before class by writing numbers on the blank cards. You should try to avoid prime numbers since these numbers will have fewer factors than composite numbers.

This game is best played by pairs of students. Evenly divide the cards between the students. Next, have each student flip the top card on their pile over at the same time. Then it's a race to see who can find the least common denominator for the two numbers first! Use this lesson on how to find the least common denominator to help your students review this concept and get extra practice with it.

You should play this game until one student runs out of cards or you run out of class time. The student with the most cards wins!

Simplification War

Students can play this game to get the practice they need with simplifying fractions.

Gather These Supplies:

  • Playing cards (face cards taken out)
  • Paper and pencils

Directions:

Students can play this game in pairs or small groups. Make sure each student has a piece of paper with a fraction bar drawn across the middle. Shuffle the card deck and divide the cards evenly between the students. Each student should make one card the numerator and one card the denominator on their paper. Have your students see who can simplify their fraction first! Your students can brush up on this mathematical skill with this lesson on how to simplify fractions.

The student who simplifies their fraction first gets all of the cards on the table. Gameplay continues until one student has all of the cards or until they've reached their time limit for the game. The student with the largest number of cards wins!

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