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Number Games for Kids

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Your students can learn about numbers with these educational games. You can read this article to find easy-to-follow directions and additional study options for your students.

Number Match

This game helps students work on their understanding of numbers and memorization.

Supplies:

  • 20 cards
  • Markers
  • Stickers

What to Do:

Set up this game by designing your cards. On half of the cards write numbers that your students are currently working on and on the other half of the cards, put stickers equal to the numbers you wrote. You can make several decks of these cards depending on your class size.

Now that your supplies are ready, it's time to play! Divide your students into groups and have them set up the cards face-down. They should take turns flipping over two cards at a time. The goal is to match a numeral card to a sticker card. For example, a student could match the number 4 to a card with 4 stickers. Play until all of the cards are picked up. The student with the most matching pairs wins!

Enhance your students' understanding of numbers with this lesson on whole numbers. With this lesson, your students will also learn how the difference between real numbers and whole numbers.

Grabbing Numbers

Use this game to help students understand the connection between written numbers and physical objects.

You'll Need:

  • A bag
  • Cards labeled with the numerals 1-10
  • Some form of counter (buttons, beans or blocks all work well)

How to Play:

Place your number cards folded over in the bag and hand out the counters to your students. Have a student reach into the bag and pick a number. They must tell you what the number is and set out an equal number of their counters. If they're correct, they get a point. Depending on the size of your class you can give each student several turns. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins!

As your students gain a better understanding of numbers and if you have older students, add variation to this game by creating cards with number names on them, along with numerals. As another alternative, use Roman numerals in place of standard number form on the cards.

Students can continue to improve their understanding of numbers with these lessons on recognizing and representing whole numbers, using word names for numbers, and Roman numerals. Each lesson includes a self-assessment quiz that students can use to gauge their knowledge of each math topic.

Number Tossing

This fun game gets kids moving while they learn more about numbers and numerical order.

Supplies:

  • Egg cartons
  • Markers
  • Small pompoms or balls
  • Scrap paper and pencils

Directions:

Set up this game by cutting the tops off of egg cartons and writing numbers on the bottom of each hole. This game works better in small groups, but you can set up multiple trays if you have a large class.

Each student should get some pompoms or balls. They should take turns tossing their pompoms into the egg tray and then checking which number they landed on. Have students use scrap paper to keep track of their numbers for each round. The student who landed on the highest number wins the round! You can play 5-10 rounds, depending on how much time you have. The student who wins the most rounds is the winner of the game!

You can also assign your students this lesson on how to put numbers in order to support your students' understanding of small and large numbers. The lesson is self-paced, so your students can take as much time as they need with this number concept.

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