Math Games for Kids

Here is a great math game to play with your kids! At Within Reach Learning Center, we focus on learning through games, now here is one game we love to play that you can do at home.  Your kids will have fun, and they will not feel like they are working on their math facts. Plus, you get to spend quality time with your children while improving their math skills.

Math Game:  Math War


Math concepts: greater-than/less-than, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, negative numbers, absolute value, and multi-step problem solving.

The game of Math War is worth more than a thousand math drill worksheets, letting you build your children’s calculating speed in a no-stress, no-test way.
Materials needed:
You will need several decks of math cards (regular cards with the jack, queen, king, and jokers removed.)To give a greater challenge to older children, I make each player a double deck of math cards. This gives each player a 56-card deck full of the toughest problems to calculate.

War Variations: For most variations, the basic 3-down-1-up battle pattern becomes 2-down-2-up. For advanced games, however, the battle pattern is different: in case of a tie, the cards are placed in a center pile. The next hand is played normally, with no cards turned down, and the winner takes the center pile as well.

Addition WarPlayers turn up two cards. The highest sum wins.

Advanced Addition WarTurn up three (or four) cards and add them together.

Subtraction WarPlayers turn up two cards and subtract the smaller number from the larger. This time, the greatest difference wins.

Product WarTurn up two cards and multiply.

Advanced Product WarTurn up three (or four) cards and multiply.

Fraction WarPlayers turn up two cards and make a fraction, using the smaller card as the numerator. Greatest fraction wins.

Improper Fraction WarTurn up two cards and make a fraction, using the larger card as the numerator. Greatest fraction wins.

Integer Addition WarBlack cards are positive numbers; red cards are negative. The greatest sum wins. Remember that -2 is greater than -7.

Integer Product WarBlack cards are positive numbers; red cards are negative. The greatest product wins. Remember that two negative numbers make a positive product.

Multi-Digit WarTurn up two or three cards and create a 2-digit or 3-digit number.

 

Now grab your child, and go play Math Games! You can spend as little as 5 minutes a day and it will make a big difference!

What other math games do you play at home that you would recommend?

 


Feb 16, 2012 | Category: Daily Learning, Math Tips | Comments: none | Tags: , ,

 


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