At Imagine Learning, we know that “fun” and “math” don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand. This challenge makes learning basic math concepts a little difficult sometimes.
However, we also know how important these basic math skills are––so we created a list of super fun math games to help your kids learn subtraction, addition, division, and multiplication this summer. Or anytime!
Beach Ball Addition
- Beach ball
- Permanent marker
Label a beach ball with numbers 1-12 (make sure to repeat numbers for practice adding doubles). Have your children toss the ball to each other. Before they can pass it on to the next person, they simply add whatever numbers are under their hands after they catch it.
- Deck of cards
- Kitchen Timer
Deal out the cards, giving each player an equal amount until the deck runs out. Make sure to keep all of the cards in a stack. Don’t peek!
Each face card is worth 10 points, while an ace is worth 1 point.
Set the timer for 10-15 minutes. Each player turns two cards face up, and turns those numbers into a subtraction problem. For example, if your child drew a 6 and a 4, he or she would say “6-4=2” and if you drew a 7 and a 6, you would say “7-6=1.”
If your child had the higher number, he or she would win the cards and put them at the bottom of his or her stack. If two players come up with the same answer, the two will “go to war.” In this case, each player lays out four cards, two face down and two face up. Instead of doing a subtraction problem this time, the players will do an addition problem. Whoever has the highest answer wins all 8 cards.
Once the timer goes off, the person with the most cards in his or her stack wins!
- Jenga set
Write out one multiplication problem for each block on separate pieces of paper. Cut out the multiplication problems and tape them to each block.
Set up the pieces as normal, and make sure each problem is hidden from sight. The game is played just like the normal version, but if a child successfully pulls one of the blocks out of the stack, he or she must answer the problem written on the block.
- 15-50 beads per group of 2
- A pair of dice per group of 2
Choose the number of beads you want each group to have. The larger the number, the longer the game takes.
Player one will roll the dice. Say you’ve given the group 35 beads, and the student rolls a 3. The student will then see how many groups of 3 he or she can make out of the 35. The player keeps however many beads are leftover as points. In this example, there would be 2 beads left over, so that player would receive two points.
The next player would repeat the above steps, only this time, he or she would divide into 33, since the first player kept 2 beads of the 35 as points. The game continues like this until a player rolls a number higher than the number of beads left. The person with the most points, or beads, at the end of the game wins.
As you can see, adding fun into math can make all the difference in a child’s learning.
Imagine Learning cares so much about success in math that, in addition to the great games we’ve compiled for you, we have created a game that encompasses addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Preview our 30-second Imagine Math Facts gameplay video for a taste of the action!
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