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Fun Math Games for Kids

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Explore some games you can use to help make learning math fun for younger children. Read on to get directions for these games, as well as to find some additional teaching resources for elementary classrooms.

Think Fast!

Use this card game to help students get familiar with the concepts of even and odd numbers. You will need several decks of cards, depending on the size of your classroom. Cards will be dealt face-down to each child in the group. Students will then take turns placing a card face-up in the center of the group and slapping the card whenever an odd number appears. The student who reaches the card first gets to keep all the cards on the pile.

Your students would find the How to Identify Even & Odd Numbers video lesson very helpful before playing this game.

Addition Go Fish

You can make your own cards for this game with some blank cards and a marker. For each deck you will need four cards of each number 0-10 and four Wild cards. You may need multiple decks based on your class size. Divide your class into groups, with each student in a group being dealt five cards. The rest of the cards go in the middle of the group. The goal is for students to get pairs of cards that equal 10 following the same rules as Go Fish. The student with the most pairs of 10 at the end of the game wins.

Students can look over our addition lesson for kids before getting started with this game.

Tic-Tac-Toe

Set up tic-tac-toe boards before class with multiplication problems in each square. In order to place an X or an O, students must solve the multiplication problem in the space they'd like to use. Students play in pairs and you can laminate the tic-tac-toe boards so that they can be re-used and circulated around the classroom.

You can show your students our multiplication lesson for kids prior to this game.

Division Bingo

Create bingo cards before class by using the answers to 24 unique division problems and one free space in the center. Each student gets a bingo card and some form of marker to use. You will then read out the division problems. The first student to find the answer is allowed to mark the answer on their card. The first student to mark a complete line wins the game.

Kids can watch a short, engaging video lesson on the steps to performing division before taking on this game.

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